Ascension : Goodbye & Good Luck Norman & Cilla
Submitted by The Islander (Islander Editors) 29.04.2010 (Article Archived on 13.05.2010)
Norman arrived on Ascension in February 1966 at the tender age of 18 when Georgetown was known as “The Garrison”, Georgetown shop was the “Canteen” and the Saints mess was “The Galley”.
Norman arrived on Ascension in February 1966 at the tender age of 18 when Georgetown was known as “The Garrison”, Georgetown shop was the “Canteen” and the Saints mess was “The Galley”. Norman was employed by Cable & Wireless as a general labourer but soon progressed to the road gang where he was an operator. Norman remembers the days when fresh water was rationed to 2 gallons per person per day, there were no flush toilets and beer was only a shilling a can (5 pence).
Due to Normans mums poor health he returned to St Helena in the mid seventies where he worked as a barman in the Consulate Hotel. Six months later he returned to work on the American Base under Pan Am, first as Fire Security and then as barman in the Volcano Club.
Norman remained on Ascension until 1982 and once again returned to St Helena where he married Priscilla Lawrence. He stayed in St Helena for a short while where he worked as a prison warden.
Soon after Norman returned to Ascension Island and was employed with the newly formed Ascension Island Services, as a store keeper.
After 3 months probation Norman secured married accommodation and Cilla joined him. In 1986 their beloved daughter Sara Jane was born.
Norman and Cilla then teamed up and took over the Saints Club, where they have remained for 27 years. With all their hard work and dedication they have made it what it is today.
Norman and Cilla have always been keen on sports and in the past were often seen enjoying a tennis game on the Georgetown courts. In fact for 5 years Norman was the singles champion. Golf is another one of Normans passions in which he has won the Open five times. Norman also loved his music and was often featuring in the Country boy’s band.