Fay Ann Lyons-Alvarez has stepped down as Chairman of the International Soca Monarch.
News that Lyons, who helmed the competition last year and was only reconfirmed in the position last week, had vacated the post at first came on Tuesday evening but was confirmed by Lyons herself yesterday in a social media post.
In the post, she thanked the team that worked alongside her for the 2019 competition.
Lyons-Alvarez said, “It was the kind of work that made you smile, and made others see a piece of their dreams materialized. This year I was not given a timely ‘Go-Ahead’ to start and as such my heart cannot be put into a rushed product. I believe in giving the public a Soca Monarch they deserve and with limited time it becomes harder to accomplish.”
She continued, “I don’t own the event so I do wait on the say-so of others.
Nevertheless, my team and I appreciated the experience and wish the owners all the best with my replacement.
We hope they will at least continue a small part of the standard that was appreciated by the Trinidad and Tobago public and those internationally and always seek to deliver a product that is WORTHY OF OUR CULTURE and those that love and support it.”
The event’s organisers are expected to make a statement on the issue soon.
Reporter: Peter Christopher