“The people of Montserrat are saddened by the passing of Sir George Martin and wish to extend sincere condolences to his wife Lady Judy and the entire family.
“Sir George’s sterling contribution to Montserrat goes way back to 1979, when he built a state of the art studio called the Air Studios. Many artiste like Boy George, Elton John, Eric Clapton and Stevie Wonder, recorded some of the biggest selling albums at the Air Studios in the 80s and played an important role in showcasing Montserrat to the world.
“To those who were around when the volcanic crisis began in 1995, Sir George’s generosity and dedication were seen when at first, he allowed the offices of the Government of Montserrat to operate from his family vacation home is Olveston and later has permitted the use of his home as a guest house and restaurant, after the Vue Pointe Hotel was forced to close due to volcanic activities.
“The “Many Happy Returns” concert, which was held in Montserrat to raise funds during the peak of the volcanic crisis, reiterated Sir George’s love for the island and its people. In addition his donation of the Montserrat Cultural Centre, an EC10 million dollar infrastructural investment, further concretized his dedication to the development of music, culture and the arts in Montserrat.
“Montserrat mourns the loss of this outstanding ‘born again’ Montserratian by choice, and we intend to honour his contributions so that the legacy he began, remains evident.”