Hon. Terrance B. Lettsome, Eponym of the Airport

HON. TERRANCE B. LETTSOME

1935: Terrance B. Lettsome was born to Francis H. Lettsome and Frances Lettsome née Thomas in Long Look on 11th March 1935. The ninth of eleven children, his union with Claudia S.R. Lettsome née Frett produced four children.

1955: Mr. Lettsome received his childhood education at the Long Look Infant School and the East End Methodist School. In 1955 he answered God's call to serve and become a faithful local preacher of the Methodist Church from 1956 onward.

A very skilled worker Mr. Lettsome was talented in many areas - farming, fishing, contractor and entrepreneur. These talents he exhibited both locally and overseas.  

1963: Mr. Lettsome, who represented the Seventh Electoral District, was first elected to the Legislative Council on 4th November 1963. He was a member of the Legislative Council from 1963 through 1999.

1967: On 14th April 1967 he was again elected to the Legislature. The Ministerial System of Government was now in place and Mr. Lettsome was appointed the First Minister of Communications and Works and Utilities. This position he retained after being successful in the 1979 elections. 

1983: Successful Elections in 1983 and 1986 saw him respectively in the role of Member of the Opposition, Deputy Speaker and Government Backbencher.

1990: Mr. Lettsome was again successful on 12th November 1990 in his bid for the Legislature. He was again appointed to the post of Minister of Communications and Works, a position which he held until 1995. He then served another term as Backbencher and retired in 1999 after providing thirty six (36) years of committed, dedicated and uninterrupted service to the Seventh District. On retiring he remarked, "Although I am now retired from Public Service, I will never retire from God's service until death". 

2002: Mr. Lettsome's commitment to the improvement of the standard of living for all indigenous Virgin Islanders was evident to the end. As a tribute to his outstanding performance it was announced by the Legislative Council that the Beef Islands Airport, the main airport in the British Virgin Islands, would be renamed in his honour. This feat was carried out on  7th March 2002.

2007: Hon. T. B Lettsome passed away on 12th January 2007.

MAJOR CHALLENGES DURING HIS TERM IN OFFICE:

  • Crisis of Wickham's Cay/ Anegada Agreements 
  • H.L. Stoutt's dream of a local Community College

MAJOR CHANGES DURING HIS TERMS IN OFFICE:

  • The Provision of multipurpose Community Centres
  • Establishment of Police Stations on all major islands
  • Provision of electricity and portable water
  • Development of ports at West End, Port Purcell and Road  Town
  • Completion of the Central Administration Complex
  • Sea Defense work on Drake's Highway

 

 

 

 

 

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