TT – Armed with blazing flames and glittering confetti BpTT Renegades broke a 21-year winless spell Saturday into Sunday morning to take top honours in the largeband category of Panorama 2018 with a Duvone Stewart arrangement of Year for Love.
Stewart earned double honourswith five-time winners Pan Elders leading the field among the medium bands playing the 41 year old arranger’s version of Brigo’s Limbo Break.
The Renegades’ win, with 287 points, made it ten times at the top for the 70-year-old Port-of- Spain-based band.
Its winning ways had come relatively late in its history with a hat-trick covering the years 1982, 1984 and 1985. The band also won in 1989, 1990 and 1993, then achieved another hat-trick with wins in 1995, 1996 and 1997.
Sunday morning, players and fans assembled in large numbers at the band’s Charlotte Street headquarters in anticipation of a win. They were not let down, while a jubilant Stewart negotiated a heavy security cordon on stage to collect his band’s winnings.