PAN-JUMBIE

Medium band Panorama may go to Tobago

TT – Pan Trinbago president Beverly Ramsey-Moore says moves are afoot to host the medium-band category of next year’s Panorama competition in her native Tobago.

Ramsey-Moore told Sunday Newsday she met recently with Tobago House of Assembly (THA) secretary for Tourism, Culture and Transportation Nadine Stewart-Phillips, and that possibility was one of the major items on the agenda.

Ramsey-Moore, who became Pan Trinbago president in October, has expressed her intention to push for a change in the format of the Panorama finals, mainly because of the length of the competition. She said if Tobago hosted a category of the Panorama final on the island, it would represent a significant shift in the organisation’s flagship event, held annually on Carnival Saturday at the Queen’s Park Savannah, Port of Spain.

That is because the competition has traditionally featured ten medium and large bands on the same night, with patrons having to endure roughly ten hours of pan before the announcement of the winners are named.

Ramsey-Moore said: “As a Pan Trinbago executive, we believe we should not have a national finals of medium and large going until four o’clock in the morning.”

They need to be separated, she feels.

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