Thursday 12 December, 2019

Watch: Street named after Brian Lara in honour of 50th birthday

Brian Lara Drive unveiled. Photo via Facebook, The Ministry of Rural Development and Local Government.

Brian Lara Drive unveiled. Photo via Facebook, The Ministry of Rural Development and Local Government.

Out with the old, in with the new.

The first street sign under the new street signage initiative by the Ministry of Works and Transport and the Ministry of Rural Development and Local Government was unveiled on Thursday.

 

The Brian Lara Drive, named after the World Record Holding Batsman in recognition of his 50th birthday, replaced Knaggs Hill at a short ceremony attended by Kazim Hosein, Minister of Rural Development and Local Government, Anthony Roberts, Chairman of the San Juan/Laventille Regional Corporation, Lyndon Lara, Councillor for Maracas/Santa Cruz/La Fillette and Brian’s brother, Agnes Cyrus, Lara’s sister, Tyla, Lara’s daughter, and other distinguished members of the community.

Minister Hosein outlined that the initiative, which commenced in May, will see every street, every road, every trace, branch, and extension having a proper sign. This is in an effort to bring visibility to all communities.

“This will allow you the citizens to be able to easily locate small businesses and your grandmother or aunt living in a street in the rural communities of Sangre Grande, Moruga and others,” Hosein said.

“This unveiling is very fitting as we commemorate the golden jubilee of the greatest batsman of all time,” he added.

Lara, after welcoming everyone to “His Street” jokingly said, “A lot of people leave Trinidad and Tobago… tourists and they say I met this guy he has his own stadium, he has his own cancer hospital, he has his own promenade, he has his own wall on the cricket ground and now he has his own street.”

Lara hopes that the ‘Brian Lara Drive’ can serve as an inspiration to the many young persons that use the hill to train on evenings and that they realise their dreams.

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