Martin’s visit to the oldest persons in the constituency came as St. Kitts and Nevis celebrates October as the Month of Older Persons. Those visited included James Phipps, Alice Browne and Ismay Sweeney.
Phipps, who resides at Taylor’s Village, is 87 years old, and according to Martin, he worked for many years in the sugar industry.
Martin explained that “Mr. Phipps would have worked most of his life in the sugar industry, and so he moved from one community to the next. And I am sure, when he left – everyone knew him as a back-hoe or front-end loader driver with much experience. We want to thank Mr. Phipps and his family and all who are associated with him for allowing him to contribute to nation-building in the sugar industry that played a vital role in the overall economic development of the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis.”
In his response, Mr. Phipps expressed his thanks and appreciation for the acknowledgement, “Thanks to everybody for coming to assist me in my old age. I have two more months to make 87. I’m here asking the Lord to help me and I thank the Ministry for what they have done for me. God bless you all, thanks very much.”
Minister Martin also visited Ismay Sweeney of George Street, Basseterre, who is 101 years old, and Alice Browne of John Street, Basseterre who is 99 years of age.
Other parliamentarians are expected to make similar visits to the older persons of their districts.