Jolyn Bryan, Gleaner Writer
It was friendly, but fierce, competition at the Port Morant Heritage Celebration and Banana Festival as three teams showcased their creativity in utilising the banana.
Port Morant Primary and Junior High, the Greater Port Morant JAS Group, and the Sunning Hill Community Development Committee (CDC) were head to head with various displays of banana cake, banana wine, green and ripe banana pudding, banana rock-cake and muffins, and even banana dukunoo. But it was Greater Port Morant that came out the obvious winner, showing such versatility that they had hair extensions, made from old banana leaves, weaved into their display, proudly taking home the trophy for Banana Products Display.
The second staging of the Port Morant Heritage Celebration and Banana Festival was held on Heroes Day, October 21, in Cotton Tree, Port Morant. Organised by the Port Morant Community Development Com-mittee, the festival seeks to foster community spirit and to highlight the various uses of the banana, which was first exported to England from the Old Morant Wharf in St Thomas.
President of the CDC, Pansy Murphy, explained that the celebration and festival came out of the need to do something for the community, to get community members actively participating.
The day's activities and attractions included a road race, six-a-side football, a gospel concert and cultural items, as well as presentations to several community members for outstanding volunteerism and presentations to the sports heroes of the parish, including Hansel Parchment, Jermaine Hue, Juliet Cuthbert, and Desmond Breakinridge.
Olympian Juliet Cuthbert and Reggae Boy Jermaine Hue, both from Port Morant, were on hand to accept tokens of the communities' appreciation for their continued contribution to sports and its development.
Cuthbert was especially thrilled to be acknowledged.
"I'm very glad to be here to be recognised like this. This is where it all started. I won my first race right here in Cotton Tree when I was at Port Morant Primary and Junior High, so it's very wonderful to be back home." she told The Gleaner.