Former President of the Senate, Dr. John Watts is among four people who have been awarded for their contribution to the growth of the Nation.
The independence awards were conferred on them as part of activities marking the 39th celebration of Grenada’s Independence.
Dr. Watts’ contribution to the political landscape of the country was highlighted.
He founded the Grenada National Party (GNP), which formed the government in the late 1950’s, and also served as a member of the main opposition New National Party (NNP).
He also chaired the Grenada Tourist Board for ten years, and served as President of the Caribbean Tourism Association (CTA) for two years
Dr. Watts also gave of himself in service clubs. He served the Rotary Club of Grenada as President from 1968 to 1669, and 1969 to 1970 is well recorded.
Dr. watts was also selected the First District Governor for Rotary International in 1974.
Entrepreneur Denis Noel was also awarded for his added value to the nutmeg.
In the area of culture, late female calypsonian, Doris “Lady Beginner” Alexander and William “Scaramouche” Elcock were recognized.
Lady Beginner started singing calypso at age 20 and played an integral role in getting women to sing calypsoes.
Scaramouche who is known as the singing taxi driver got involved in the calypso artform at the age of 20, and is a former Calypso Monarch on the island.