Salute to famous busker

2017-01-24 06:01

From when I arrived as a member of the South African Railway Police to my early retirement as operational commander of the South African Police in 2008, I saw how to the east side of Table Bay Harbour became the world’s biggest tourist attraction at the V&A Waterfront.

At one stage I had an office just under the quayside of the amphitheatre. This is where I met huge but humble busker Abie Thomas. He and his small group performed day after day for twenty years. Mr Thomas and his trumpet playing entertained thousands of visitors at the V&A Waterfront.

I used to drive in my police vehicle and stop when I saw this famous trumpet player playing and when he saw me he would, with his trumpet in a downward movement, greet me as he was playing. There is no doubt in anyone’s mind who saw Abie Thomas perform that he was beyond brilliant as an entertainer and a master on the trumpet.

We sometimes forget to honour a person that was a celebrity in his own right and Abie Thomas was a celebrity on his platform for twenty years.

I truly with all my heart believe, with his family’s permission, that a statue of this famous, great artist be put up next to the amphitheatre in the V&A Waterfront. There should also be place where visitors, in honour of this legend, can place donations to be used for whatever worthy cause is decided on.

Keith Blake, Ottery

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