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Kamla hails theatre icon

Thursday, March 13 2014

PRIME Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar yesterday praised the late Margaret Walcott for her “consummate love and support of the arts”.

The Prime Minister paid tribute in a press statement issued after her return from a Caricom meeting at St Vincent. The Office of the Prime Minister said Persad-Bissessar returned 6.35 pm on Tuesday.

The press statement read, “On my return from the Special Caricom meeting in St Vincent, I learned with regret, of the passing of Mrs Margaret Walcott, former wife of Nobel Laureate, Derek Walcott, following a long and courageous battle with cancer.”

Persad-Bissessar said Walcott used her talent to enhance local creativity. “Margaret had been a supporter of the arts for several decades and was always there for local artists and crafts people, contributing her personal talents and abilities to the on-going enhancement of creativity and the socio-economic and cultural development of our beloved Republic,” Persad-Bissessar said. She described Walcott, the first wife of poet Derek Walcott, as, “a no-nonsense person” who was key in improving Queen’s Hall.

“Margaret achieved much during her formidable journey of life,” Persad-Bissessar said. “Lecturer, mentor, mother and friend, she was instrumental in establishing the Trinidad Theatre workshop and oversaw the refurbishment of the now newly renovated Queen’s Hall.”

Persad-Bissessar said Walcott will be remembered by her many friends, colleagues and family members for her consummate love and support of the arts and all things Trinidad and Tobago.

“We should celebrate her life and legacy by emulating her wonderful attributes and sustaining her vision for the future of Trinidad and Tobago,” the Prime Minister said. “May God reward her life contribution with everlasting peace and joy.”

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