Linden Town Week ends to mixed reviews
Thousands on Sunday converged on Republic Avenue to have fun
and frolic or to simply hangout with relatives and friends, on the penultimate day of the Linden Town Week of celebrations.
Many overseas-based Lindeners along with Guyanese from other parts of the country journeyed to the mining Town to engage in the festivities.
The action on Republic Avenue did not come to a halt until after seven yesterday morning, and only because the police intervened.
Apart from the usual massive street lime, several parties were hosted across the Town, with the Baby Cham show at the Mackenzie Sports club Ground attracting a reasonable crowd despite intermittent showers early Monday morning.
Despite the absence of the Linden Town Week Pageant, Lindeners were still able to enjoy a full week of activities, which included the Big and Bold Fashion Show, karaoke competitions, three comedy shows, and the Poker Street Night and Emerald and Ice Dance at the Christiansburg hard court.
Parents also took the opportunity to hang out with their children during the week of activities. Churches Chicken and the Egbert Benjamin Exhibition Hall were the venues of choice for most of them.
But Churches Chicken took the cake for popularity with the kids.
Now equipped with a mini park, workers at Churches had their work cut out for them, as parents and their children flocked the outlet for fried chicken, day after day.
Linden Town Week was officially launched on Sunday April 22, last, at the Linden Georgetown bus park.
The event which was declared open by Interim management Committee Chairman Orrin Gordon, attracted a huge crowd, with a few persons grasping the opportunity to protest the impending electricity hike for the mining town.
The bus park was also the exhibition venue for farmers and persons engaged in art and craft to showcase their products during the week of celebrations..
The Linden expo hosted at the Egbert Benjamin Hall saw hundreds of persons trekking to the venue each night.
The exhibition ran for three days culminating on Sunday.
Several businesses both in and out of Linden took the opportunity to exhibit their products and services at the event.
Although most of the exhibitors expressed satisfaction with the facility and with the response of viewers, some Linden entrepreneurs felt ‘cheated’ because many of the art and craft producers from Georgetown were allocated spots on the Georgetown Bus Park.
“This is unfair to us, because people go there first, since it is in the heart of Town. By the time they reach here some of them would have already exhausted their funds, so by being on the park, they are undercutting us; we should have been placed on the park, one peeved Lindener declared.
Some of the exhibitors at the Linden Expo 2012 were Banks DIH, Citizens Bank; Bosai Minerals Group (Guyana) Incorporated, the Guyana Forestry Commission, NAMILCO, Courts (Guyana) Incorporated, Summers Gold Services, Chanzar Enterprise, the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission; and Guyana Energy Agency (GEA).