Keeping to the beat
When they’re not playing for royalty, entertaining the public or hard at work practicing, the Barbados police band are out on a beat of a different sort.
All 46 members of The Royal Barbados Police Force Band are serving officers who help their colleagues “serve, protect and reassure” islanders and visitors.
The most requested songs for these world famous musicians are Caribbean rhythms, including spouge, calypso, and reggae. They'll be playing just down the road from Coconut Court at Hastings bandstand on Saturday, March 21.
Over 130 years, they have established a world-wide reputation for the quality of their music. The original band, formed in 1889 from 19 serving police officers, wore regulation police uniforms and were selected for their “love of music and knowledge of the art”.
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Meet the Manager: Linda - Life is good!
Linda Lampkin is co-owner of Coconut Court and the hotel's marketing manager. She's the youngest daughter of Lorraine and Charlie Blades, who bought the hotel in 1975. She's married to Jason Lampkin, the general manager. You'll find Linda at the manager's rum punch party or maybe bump into her around the hotel.
Where were you born?
What was your childhood nickname?
Lick Mout Lou and Liggy Roochie.
How long have you lived in Barbados? Except for school in Canada for five years, I have lived in Barbados all of my life.
How long have you worked at Coconut Court?
Most of my life.
What do you like most about your job?
I enjoy meeting people and making friends from all over the world. I have a great life!
Her guilty secret? A bit of retail therapy!
How would you describe yourself in three words?
Patient, calm, caring.
Do you have any hobbies?
Yes, I enjoy reading, foreign film and, like most ladies, I also enjoy shopping!
What would you do if you didn't have to work?
I enjoy working, so I hope that I will keep busy doing what I love for many more years to come. Additionally, I would like to travel with my family more often.
What's your top travel tip?
Always pack your common sense.
Where do you go on vacation?
I have stayed with my family in a rented beach house on the east coast of Barbados for the past 12 summers. I also enjoy visiting the small island of Bequia. Both of these are lovely beach holidays. Besides those two places I also enjoy traveling to Canada and the UK to visit with our family that live there and I also enjoy the odd weekend away to Florida for some retail therapy. Life is good!
If you could visit anywhere in the world, where would you go?
I don’t actually have a specific place that I would like to visit. Instead I think that I would prefer to do a world cruise that visited many destinations – probably, Australia, Polynesia and the Orient.
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