Hundreds of cricket fans and the general public gathered at the formerly known Grove Park on Wednesday, July 28, to show their support for Elquemedo Tonito Willet, the first Nevisian and Leeward Islander to make it unto the West Indies team. Permanent Secretary Alsted Pemberton and members of the Ministry of Social Development planned the program. Elquemedo Tonito Willet and his wife Sandrine entered into the park driven By a Police Officer in a sports car. As he made his way to the stage, Willett passed under a sea of cricket bats raised to form an arch By members of the St. Kitts-Nevis teams as a sign of respect towards the sports hero. The chairperson for the program was Walter Morton, who briefly summarized some of Willet’s accomplishments. The program continued with comments from Livingstone Sargeant, who spoke of Willet and his divine athletics skills. Minister of Sports Hon. Hensley Daniel praised the great man and made the point that had Willet paved the way for many young people to follow. The Hon. Robelto Hector, Minister of Agriculture, proudly noted that the renaming of the park was an honour truly deserved. Premier of Nevis, the Hon Joseph Parry, gave a brief overview on the significance of Willet’s present accomplishments. Parry also stated that Willett came from a time when the people of St. Kitts and Nevis were mourning the loss of lives in the sinking of the MV Christena, and that Willett brought hope back to the people of the Federation. In Willet’s response, he thanked the Nevis Island Administration and all who made the renaming of the park a success. He also thanked Sandrine, his beautiful wife of thirty-five years, who has been there for him for all those years, as well as other family members. Premier Parry then proceeded to unveil the new sign marked: The Elquemedo T. Willet Park. The sign was made By Carl Claxton, and includes a photograph of the cricket hero. The program had some cultural presentations, which included steel pan renditions By Charlestown Primary schoolteachers, Calypsos By Bahowlah the Meek, and presentations By the Junior and Senior Masquerades, and Mighty Jo Jo. Victor Eddy, the former Kittitian and Leeward Island all-rounder danced to Swallow’s song and described some of the battles he had with Willet. “This is the day the Lord has made – let us rejoice and be glad in it,” said Eddy to a supportive and excited crowd.