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Lethem’s First Ever Town Week – October, 2017

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Published: 15th of October, 2017 by Patrick Carpen

Last updated: May 1, 2024 at 3:10 am

On 15th of October, 2017, the town of Lethem celebrated its first ever town week. A LOT of work went into preparations for this much anticipated and celebrated event. The Mayor and Town Council, backed by the Government, various Lethem business persons, as well as community members, poured a lot of time, money, and energy into upgrading the newly declared town of Lethem for this landmark event: the first ever Annual Lethem Town Week Celebrations.

Prior to the town week preparations, parts of the road along the commercial stretch in Lethem was so badly deteriorated, with such huge potholes, that volunteer Remote Area Medical pilot Joe commented, “this is like the Grand Canyon.”

Joe and I were driving down the badly broken road along the main commercial roadway of Lethem, just in front of Savannah Inn Supermarket, when Joe said, “hold on there, we’re going through the Grand Canyon now.”

And indeed, that’s how bad the road was up to that time, but by the 15th of October, 2017, it was all flat and level, ready to give a red-carpet welcome to all visitors from near and far who would be visiting Lethem for the first ever Town Week celebrations, and not forgetting our Brazilian friends from right across the southern border.

The Lethem Town Week kicked off with a male and female all-age bicycle race from the Takutu River Bridge down several streets to a finishing point in Lethem.

On the afternoon of the first day, 15th of October, 2017, was a road race, male and female separately, with prizes awarded to the winners.

Preparing for the Lethem Town Week 2017. This is right in front of the Amazonas Hotel.
The Amazonas Hotel all decked out for Lethem Town Week 2017.
Work in progress for Lethem Town Week, 2017. As you can see, “sponsored by Republic Bank.”
Fitness Walk – one of the events that kicked off the first day of Lethem Town Week 2017.
Fitness Walk – one of the events that kicked off the first day of Lethem Town Week, 2017.
Fitness Walk in progress – First Day of Lethem Town Week 2017.
Well what do we have here? Lethem Town Week 2017 preparations.
In preparation for Lethem Town Week 2017.
Lethem Town Week 2017 – List of events for all to view.
A view to behold – preparation works.
Men’s cycle road race in action – Day 1
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