PRESS RELEASE TRIBUTE TO WILLIAM RICHARD ALEXANDER ‘BILLY’ PILGRIM People's National Congress Reform Congress Place, Sophia, Georgetown, Guyana. April 20, 2006

Mr Billy Pilgrim, broadcaster, teacher, pianist, composer arranger and cultural icon died on Monday, April 17, 2006 after a period of illness. Billy Pilgrim was one of a galaxy of talented and dedicated artists who put Guyana on the cultural map in the years following our independence. He was involved in the inaugural Carifesta in 1972, in the great Republic Anniversary musical shows such as “The Purchase” and “The Pride of Heroes”, as well as the composer of many of our famous national songs and the arranger of countless vocal and instrumental pieces.

Billy Pilgrim was a staunch and unconditional patriot. He loved Guyana and its people; refusing the rewards which his musical talent could have earned him in the developed countries. He loved music and was a sponsor and mentor to generations of musicians ranging from classical artistes to pan-men, calypsonians and masquerade bands.

Billy Pilgrim was also a dedicated and loyal supporter and friend of the Peoples National Congress Reform and believed that the PNCR vision for the cultural and educational advancement of our people was the way forward.

To his family and many close friends, the Leader, Central Executive and members of the People’s National Congress Reform offer our profound condolences and we pray that you will find solace in the belief that he “will rest, within his country’s breast where sweet flowers bloom.”

May he rest in peace!

People's National Congress Reform
Congress Place, Sophia,
Georgetown, Guyana.