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Not all Despers members happy to leave Tragarete road

TT – While some members and supporters welcome a new location for the iconic band Desperadoes, others insist its current Tragarete Road location is better than lower George and Duncan Streets, Port of Spain.

In February, the Prime Minister announced the Urban Development Corporation (Udecott) will build a new steelband theatre for Despers in east Port of Spain.

Since December 2017, the band has been based at the former site of the Government Printery at the corner of Victoria Avenue and Tragarete Road, Port of Spain.

Previously, the band’s panyard was housed at the former site of the Greyfrias Church of Scotland on Frederick Street, Port of Spain and at the National Insurance Board carpark, corner Cadiz Street and Queen’s Park East, Belmont.

When Newsday visited its original space on the hills of Laventille, the panyard was locked up and no one was in sight.

However, at the panyard at Victoria Avenue and Tragarete Road, band members and supporters were seen in groups.

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