Philipsburg, Soualiga Boulevard - Well over five hundred persons, including family and friends gathered in front of the New Government Administration Building Saturday night, where a wake and cultural manifestation was held in honor of cultural icon, the late Neville York.
The event was hosted by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Youth and Sports in collaboration with family of the late Neville York.
Mr. York, who was the Head of the Culture Department, died suddenly early Tuesday morning, May 9th. He was 50 years old.
The death of Neville York sent shock wave throughout the nation, as the day before, Monday, May 8th; his mother was laid to rest.
The cultural manifestation, which started at around 6 pm, also attracted many of the island’s finest musicians, as the late Neville York was also a professional instrumentalist.
During the memorial event, attendees were also treated to a night of entertainment, as the various bands, including Impact Band, Tanny and the Boys as well as the 2017 band of the year; XP Band filled the air with some superb musical renditions.
The audience was also treated to a night of poetry, steal pan music as well as entertainment from two of the island’s drum bands, which also included Generation New Status under the leadership of Urmain "Youmay" Dormoy.
Many persons in the audience described Mr. York as a kind, soft spoken, individual, who was always smiling and made others around him comfortable.
The funeral service for the late Neville York will take place at the Methodist Church in Philipsburg on Tuesday, May 16th. Viewing will commence at 11 am.