July 26, 2014

Everest unveils centenary souvenir magazine

By Avenash Ramzan

Sport Minister Dr Frank Anthony receives a copy of the magazine, which will be placed in the National Resource Centre, from Everest president, Stephen Lewis

Sport Minister Dr Frank Anthony receives a copy of the magazine, which will be placed in the National Resource Centre, from Everest president, Stephen Lewis

One hundred years of history have been packaged into a 100-page souvenir magazine to commemorate the Everest Cricket Club’s centennial anniversary.

On Thursday, executives of the club, in the company of Sport Minister Dr. Frank Anthony, unveiled the full-colour magazine at the club’s pavillion, much to the appreciation and delight those present.

Dr. Anthony, who delivered feature remarks, lauded those affiliated with the publication for their sterling effort, noting that the documentation of history is critical if the next generation is to appreciate where they came from.

He noted that many young persons are not enlightened on the history of the club, hence the importance of having such a document printed.

Dr. Anthony, who also has ministerial responsibility for Youth and Culture, commended the club and its executives for standing strong over the years, adding that 100 years is a tremendous achievement.

He suggested that the club embark on a booklet that captures its history in photographs as that will also help to give society a better understanding on what transpired decades ago.

The minister also promised to work along with club, even as he called for strong club structure and leadership to ensure it achieves another 100 years.

President of the club, Stephen Lewis, said the realisation of such a magazine is just one of many activities the club has planned to celebrate its 100th anniversary.

“We have cultivated a rich and interesting history over the years, and so this magazine is intended to expose you and other readers to an extract of that history, as is stated on the cover of the magazine, highlights of our history,” he said.

Publisher Vickram Singh explained the genesis of the magazine, which has on its cover three generations of cricketers from Everest, Rohan Kanhai, Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Tagenarine Chanderpaul.

He said the idea was born out of a desire to have the club’s history documented in a chronological manner. He lauded all those who contributed to the compilation of the publication, pointing out that it was indeed a challenging task.

Petamber Persaud, one of the editors of the magazine, explained that there is much more to Everest history than what is captured in the publication, noting that many persons were reluctant to share whatever information they had on the club.

He stated that it was a challenging project, but the end product is surely one that should be cherished.

The magazine captures the history of the club in four parts: 1914 to 1959, 1960 to 1989, 1990 to 1999 and 2000 to 2014.

There are several interesting pieces in the magazine, which is thought to be a precursor to a book which the club has in mind to publish.

Those who came in for high praises for contributing to the magazine were Persaud, Oscar Phillips, Rajesh Singh, Chris Persaud, Navin Chanderpaul, Calvin Roberts, Zaheer Mohamed, Selena Khan, Kenty Khan, Ronald Williams, Professor Clem Seecharran, Derek Kallicharran, Leana Bradshaw, Whitney Persaud, Kaycia Bower and Vanie Beepat.

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