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Collie Smith statue unveiled at Boys' Town

Monday, April 23, 2018

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The mood was festive at Boys' Town, Trench Town, on Wednesday, March 21 as the community welcomed another landmark in its history with the unveiling of a statue of their best known cricketer, O'Neil Gordon “Collie” Smith.

The statue was unveiled in an official ceremony at his former club at 6 Collie Smith Drive in Kingston by Steadman Fuller, custos rotulorum of Kingston, who represented the Governor General; William “Billy” Heaven, CEO of CHASE Fund; Delroy Williams, mayor of Kington; and members of his family and witnessed by a wide cross section of the Jamaican society, including representatives of West Indies cricket, government, corporate, former teammates, friends, family, and supporters of Boys' Town.

Smith, an outstanding cricketer, represented Boys' Town, Kingston College, Jamaica, West Indies and Burnley Cricket Club in England in his short but inspirational career. He died at age 26 in a car accident in England in 1959. His friend and West Indies teammate, Sir Garfield Sobers, in his recorded message sent his commendations and quipped that he believed his career was made better because he played his game for both himself and Collie Smith.

“This monument of Collie Smith reminds us of the example he set for this community and our nation. It is dedicated to the person Collie was to his family, friends and teammates in our 78-year-old history as an institution founded by Father Hugh Sherlock to 'build the total citizen'. We are certainly proud of this son of Boys' Town, and especially proud that we could commemorate this statue and the birthday date of Father Sherlock together,” stated Trevor Spence, CEO of Boys' Town at the launch event.

The statue, with funding from the CHASE Fund, is erected at the gate of Boys' Town and forms part of the dramatic entrance on the larger plan of the soon to be Trench Town Community Museum.

Former Jamaica Cricket Association President Lyndel Wright (right) unveils the statue of O'Neil Gordon “Collie” Smith during a ceremony at Boys' Town last month.

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