Family of Late Sir Rupert ‘King Swallow’ Philo Make Timely Donation
WILLIKIES – The family of the late Sir Rupert ‘King Swallow’ Philo, recently made a timely donation of a full set of steel pans, complete with a brand new drum set to the Nelvie N. Gore Primary School.
The donation was the fulfillment of a life-long dream of the late King Swallow, who wanted to see the establishment of a Music Department at his alma mater.
He believed that this was a great way for the students to learn discipline, as well as a talent that they could use later on in life.
Brief remarks were heard from the Member of Parliament for the area, Sir Robin Yearwood, Senator Shawn Nicholas (past student), Khan Cordice, Director of Culture, Vernon ‘Dr. Solo’ Benjamin, a representative from the Ministry of Education among other specially invited guests.
During his remarks, Dr. Solo called for the naming of the Music Room at the school, in honour of the late Sir Rupert Philo.
All of the speakers encouraged the students to take pride in their school, and learn music as it could be a vehicle for their future.
Shennette Philo, daughter of the late Sir Rupert, reminded the students to take good care of the instruments during her address.
The assembled audience was treated to a performance by the students, as well as an impromptu performance by Dr. Solo, who did a rendition of “Man to Man”, a tune made famous by King Swallow.
The event was held on Thursday, 20th October, 2022.