‘We keep our area safe’

February 11, 2019

Music is the driving force that keeps people together and keeps the peace in the community of Chalky Hill, St Ann, according to Dennis Stewart.

The 74-year-old man, who was born in the community, said there are days when unscrupulous men try to disrupt the peace, but they won't have it.

"When sessions (parties) stop all around the area because a flare-up and crime, we up a Chalky Hill was still able to keep our sessions," he said.

Stewart said that one of the ways in which the community stays crime-free is by the residents cooperating with the police and letting them know when they have seen something that looks out of place.

He said that the people in the community like the peace and they fight hard to keep it that way.

"Wi did realise seh when no session nah keep fi dem (persons from other towns), dem use our community to keep dem thing. But when wi realise seh a badness dem a push, wi nuh rent them wi space up there because nuh want none a that up there," he said.

Another member of the community, who did not want to be named, said that the community stands together where peace is concerned.

"I don't remember hearing anyone getting killed up here. If people dead, it's because of natural causes and wi want to keep it that way," the resident said. "People up here love music, and it is a way to keep us together, so sessions affi keep and party affi nice because all a wi live as one here."

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