AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInCurtailed after only their first monthly event due to Covid-19 lockdown, The Guild (Dumfries) CIC is delighted to announce that applications are now open for Dumfries Market Festival to return in September.The long-awaited monthly street market community event will be held in the heart of Dumfries town centre. If you’re a maker, creative, designer, artist, food producer, street food vendor or indie business and keen to find new ways to get your products in front of new customers and gain exposure for your brand, be part of a community of makers and be involved in a social enterprise project, then apply today.Director Leah Halliday says, “We are keen to collaborate with makers, designers, artists, food producers and creative indie business owners from across the region. This will be a super addition to the town centre, and we hope will show that Dumfries is open for business while promoting the “Shop Local” message.”Relaunching on Saturday 12th September from 10am until 3pm, visitors will be able to enjoy a whole host of marvellous makers and so much more. The Guild strives to create an exciting, vibrant and experiential community festival and makers market, although safety of the public and their volunteers is paramount.Monitoring guidance from Scottish Government Route Map concerning public events, The Guild are ensuring that physical distancing and hygiene measures are in place, as well as restricting numbers in confined spaces as per Phase 3 of lockdown easing.Director Kirsten Scott added, “We would like to be able to add to the festival atmosphere by once again, encouraging musicians and local bands to perform at the Plainstanes while keeping audiences safely distanced. The performance element of our launch in March was so well received and we feel live music is something that many of us are missing at this time”. Director Natalie Farrell also added, “We couldn’t do all of this without our amazing community of volunteers and we would ask that if anyone has some free time to help and skill share, with jobs such as building and dismantling stalls or event management and marketing, please get in touch.”The deadline to take part in the relaunch in September is midnight on Wednesday 12th August.Application criteria, terms and conditions and application forms can be found at https://www.theguilddumfries.org/pages/dumfries-market-festivalFacebook @theguilddumfriesInstagram @theguilddumfriesTwitter @guilddumfries
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, CMC – Fast bowling icon Michael Holding believes only the sheer genius of Sir Vivian Richards prevented Gordon Greenidge from becoming the quintessential batsman of his generation. Greenidge was recently honoured with a knighthood in the Queen’s New Year list for his “services to cricket and the development of sport” and Holding, who played alongside the legendary opener, said there was never any doubt about the Barbadian’s immense status.“Gordon was a great player,” Holding said in tribute to Greenidge during an interview on the popular cricket radio show, Mason and Guest.“He had one bad tour that I can remember and that was the first time he went to Australia in 1975-76 when he wasn’t the only one, but since then he just blossomed and became a great player. “If it hadn’t been for Sir Isaac Vivian Alexander Richards, everyone would’ve been talking about Gordon Greenidge.”Greenidge, considered one of the finest technicians of the game, gathered 7558 runs at an average of 44 with 19 centuries. He struck a century in either inning of the 1976 Old Trafford Test, lashed two double hundreds on the 1984 tour of England, and was a member of the West Indies side which won the first two World Cups in 1975 and 1979. Sir Viv, widely considered the most dominant batsmen of his era, amassed 8540 runs with 24 hundreds at an average of 50.His career-best 291 at the Oval in 1976 was one of two double hundreds on a tour when he thrice reached triple figures in a record aggregate of 829 runs. An imperious 138 in the 1979 World Cup final at Lord’s handed West Indies an historic second straight title.Holding said of all the great innings by Greenidge, the one performance which had remained with him was the 226 at Kensington Oval in Barbados in 1991, when on the cusp of his 40th birthday, he carved out a defiant double hundred against Australia. “I can remember one [inning] when he really applied himself greatly in Barbados when people were saying he had gone past his prime and he made a [double century] in that Test match,” Holding recalled.“Gordon has played so many great innings and of course with his opening partner Dessie Haynes, they built so many foundations for West Indies in the past.”Holding, now a well-respected international television broadcaster, also praised legendary former captain Clive Lloyd who also received a knighthood for his “services to cricket”. “He was captain for almost all of my Test matches. I played perhaps one or two series after Lloydy retired so he was my captain for most of my career, and I looked upon him pretty much as a father figure and I think most people thought of him as my cricketing father,” Holding pointed out.“I remember once when I was still a youngster, he called my house in Jamaica … and my father answered the phone and shouted to me ‘Mikey, your father’s on the line’.”The Jamaican added: “Clive Lloyd was a great leader. When you look at the team that Clive Lloyd had, everybody would say ‘oh, he had so much talent’. He’s not the only one that has had talented cricketers under him but he knew exactly how to get the best out of his players. “He was a father figure to most of the players, people looked up to him, he respected the players, the players respected him and so that’s why we had so much of a great team.”
MOTIVATION DIFFICULT Benett said it has been extremely difficult getting his boys motivated for this competition. “It has been hard getting the boys up for training as it was a big disappointment that we were edged out of the Manning Cup. It has been a little hard to stomach, but now we put everything in the Walker Cup because that’s all we have left,” he continued. “It’s more mental now as we have not played in over a week and a half, so it will be rough, but we are hoping we come mentally prepared. Training did not show it (motivation), but we are hoping that when the whistle goes, we will get going,” Bennett added. “We are going to push for it (title) because we have not won anything. The only teams that have won schoolboy titles are Calabar and Excelsior, so everybody else will be up for it. Mona might be a bit happier, reaching here for the first time, so they will be gunning for it. It will be hard to motivate some teams, but I think it will be a good competition.” Hydel coach Corey Bennett believes that some teams will find it too difficult to lift their players for the ISSA Walker Cup competition, which kick-offs with the quarter final games this afternoon. However, he also believes that many schools, his included, will welcome the opportunity to win their first major schoolboy football title. Hydel face Mona at 1:00 p.m. at the Spanish Town Prison Oval in one of four matches on this afternoon. In the 3:00 p.m. match at the same venue, St Jago entertain Cumberland. At Stadium East, Excelsior play Denham Town at 1:00 p.m. and St Catherine take on Calabar at 3:00 p.m. Despite the disappointment of losing the Manning Cup round-of-sixteen game to St Andrew Technical, Bennett believes that all the teams will see this as an opportunity to end the season on a high note. “I played the Walker Cup many moons ago and the best teams use to fight for the title. But I think it has been watered down, so I think they should call it a different name because it does not hold the same significance,” Bennett said. “But we (Hydel) haven’t won anything at football level. Obviously, it (Walker Cup) does not have the same shine as the Champions Cup or Manning Cup, but nevertheless, we are thankful that we are still in a position to fight for a cup,” he stated.