Speaker David Crowther - 15 April 2014

    David Crowther gave a very entertaining talk about the island of Montserrat. He set the historical context by describing its past as a colony for Irish prisoners – and to this day many people and places have Irish names - and then as a sugar plantation with slaves.

    In 1989 David was posted there with his wife Gillian to be Head of Police following the devastation of hurricane Hugo. He told us how things were done (and sometimes not done!) in a small Caribbean island police force. He had anecdotes about pulling up marijuana fields and escaped prisoners trying to get back into jail and he showed pictures of all manner of island life. There were also pictures of the volcano which erupted two weeks after he had left and which destroyed a large part of the island including the capital city of Plymouth and the airport.



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