Minister Grange’s comment came in a speech delivered on her behalf by Permanent Secretary Denzil Thorpe at the Unveiling of the Collie Smith Statue at Boys Town Club at 6 Collie Smith Drive in St. Andrew yesterday, March 21.
Miss Grange said that Collie Smith’s rise was synonymous with Boys Town, a community-based non-profit charity that has served Trench Town and surrounding communities in Southern St Andrew since the 1940s. “Boys Town provided nurture for Collie Smith. What a great tradition is Boys Town. I am so pleased that the tradition continues.”
Of the cricketer she said, “Collie’s greatness intertwined with his humility had endeared him to Jamaica and the West Indies and his memory was immortalized.
“Today we salute O'Neil Gordon Smith, known to all of us as Collie Smith and also as the Mighty Mouse.”
Collie Smith, who died in a motor vehicle accident while on tour in England in 1959, had months earlier made cricketing history by scoring the first triple century in the English Lancashire League, batting for Burnley.