Dennis Brown hailed at 'One Love' football

February 13, 2016
Jermaine Barnaby/Photographer Clive 'Busy' Campbell (left) presenting a plaque to Marla Brown (centre), who flew in from England to receive a plaque on behalf of her father, Dennis Brown, at the Bob Marley One Love football match at Anthony Spaulding Sports Complex on Wednesday. At right is Master of Ceremonies and attorney at law, Ian Wilkinson.

Fans and players at the Bob Marley One Love Football Extravaganza on Ash Wednesday showed great appreciation for the main honouree, late Crown Prince of reggae Dennis Emmanuel Brown, at this year's 35th staging at the Anthony Spaulding Sports Complex in Arnett Gardens.

Brown's daughter, Marla, said the warm reception she received on accepting an award on behalf of her father is what she has come to expect.

"No, I wasn't (surprised by reception), because when you think of my dad, you instantly think of love, and he sticks in your head, and you picture him smiling," she commented.

She said that it is very pleasing that people are still remembering and honouring her father for his contribution to the music.

She added: "This (award) just means love. My dad did everything with a pure heart, and that's why everyone loved him so much, because he was true and genuine, so he definitely deserved to be honoured."

Also honoured on the day were the Mighty Diamonds (Fitzroy 'Bunny' Simpson, Lloyd 'Judge' Ferguson and Donald 'Tabby' Shaw).

In the earlier games, Entertainers Invitational beat Tuff Gong invitational 6-4 in a close and exciting affair, while Referees edged Masters and Celebrities 3-2.

Organiser Clive 'Busy' Campbell was pleased with the turnout.

"The entertainers, masters and referees all turned out, and no one left injured; that is what I like to see," he said.

"But this is all about the kids and the schools (Jones Town, Lyndhurst Methodist and Ferry Basic Schools) we are trying to help," he added.

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