It has been suggested that the Crafts Alive Village be renamed in tribute to recently departed Fifth District Representative Hon. Delores Christopher who was instrumental in the establishment of that Road Town commercial center.
The Crafts Alive Village is a colorful shopping centre that is located in Central Road Town. The area features vendors selling items that range from leather products, local art, handmade dolls, embroidery and crochet items, and locally made souvenirs.
In the past Hon. Christopher has boasted of the contribution Crafts Alive can make to the BVI economy. Back in 2013 during the official opening ceremony of the Revitalised Crafts Alive Village Hon. Christopher said: “The original Crafts Alive Village initially presented a business opportunity for women and a valuable entity to the growth and development in small business. It helped many to put their children through college. This is a huge advantage that should not be overlooked.”
Now that she is no more, fellow Back Bencher Hon. Archibald Christian is calling for Crafts Alive to be named after the late Hon. Delores Christopher. He made the call during the funeral service of the Fifth District Representative held on 3 November at the Sea Cow’s Bay Methodist Church.
Hon. Christian while making the call said: “Delores was a cultural and historical icon, a true Virgin Islands legend, one of a kind. As a visionary she was instrumental in the creation of the Crafts Alive Village.”
“Premier, colleagues and anyone else who has something to do with the naming of places institutions, streets, villages, schools, whatever. I am putting on the record this afternoon that the Crafts Alive Village be renamed the ‘Delores Lettsome Christopher Crafts Alive Village’ in honor of the service and dedication that she has made to the business community in the Virgin Islands,” Hon. Christian said.
Hon. Christopher’s brother Maurice Lettsome during the funeral also spoke about how important Crafts Alive was to the late Fifth District Representative. He said: “It was the people’s enthusiasm for enterprise that caused her to be a driving force behind the Crafts Alive market. Those vendors have been given a chance to showcase their wares in an organized and structured way.”