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Short Stories: Memories of Jamaica – Geoff Burrowes

Memories of Jamaica – by Geoff Burrowes

       When I was 16 years old I was selected to represent Guyana at Rugby in the first West Indies Rugby Cup which included Guyana, Trinidad and Tobago, and Barbados. It was held in Kingston, Jamaica the Northernmost of the West Indian Islands, a country of rare beauty and diversity. As this was 1961 my memories may be timeworn and faulty. They were fresh at the time and I hope to recreate them here, on this page!

        We flew from Guyana in the brand new Vickers Viscount Turbojet. I was nuts about planes at the time and the sleek design of the aircraft with its slim Rolls Royce turbojets on the wings was exciting just to look at! When the captain fired up the engines, instead of a deep roar there was a sibilant whistling thrum and when we finally took off there was not the usual deep growl felt throughout the plane but instead the whistling of the turbojets.            Continue reading

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