October 31, 2020

Poppies and paintings in Savannah

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One of the paintings from Artist Charles Long’s forthcoming exhibition

Athelstan Long, 92, first governor of the Cayman Islands (1971-72), and member of the Cayman Islands Veterans Association, together with his son, Charles Long 63, were joined by 10-year old Cub Scout Will Roberts at Foster’s supermarket in Savannah. They were offering poppies to the public in return for donations, in the run up to this year’s Remembrance Day.

Remembrance Day marks the anniversary of the armistice of World War I in 1918, and is observed throughout the British Commonwealth, and has been observed since 1921.

Graham Walker Honorary Secretary of the Cayman Islands Veterans Association said: “Members of the Veterans Association are making a maximum effort to be at supermarkets and other stores to make the poppy readily available to the public. It is important to remember that the poppy cannot be sold, since it has already been bought and paid for by some mother’s son or daughter. These poppies are to commemorate the life which has been given to ensure that we are able to enjoy freedom of action and freedom of speech.

From left to right: Charles Long, Athelstan Long, and Will Roberts sell Remembrance Day poppies

“Although the official anniversary is taken to be 11 O’clock on 11 November,  the official Remembrance Day parade will take place on Sunday 13 November at Elmslie Church in George Town,” Mr. Walker added.

Charles Long, an artist who has been painting everyday scenes in the Cayman Islands for more than 40 years, has also been busy getting ready for another event.

“Due to popular demand I am having another art show at my studio in West Lane, Savannah on 2 December.”

“Over thirty paintings are going to be in the new show. One is a traditional street scene of the museum, and I also have paintings of a scuba dock with some people going out on a boat,” Mr. Long said.

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