BEU Pay Tribute To The Late Lloyd Simmons

December 6, 2022

The Bermuda Entertainment Union [BEU] extended their condolences to the family of the late Lloyd Simmons.

A spokesperson said, “The Bermuda Entertainment Union [BEU], formerly known as the Bermuda Federation of Musicians and Variety Artists [BFMVA], wishes to offer our sincere and heartfelt condolences to the family of the late Lloyd Simmons.

“Brother Lloyd served as our president during a challenging period, that saw the start of a decline in the entertainment industry. One can only imagine the affect this decline would have had on the union. A decline in work amongst local musicians resulted in a decrease in their ability to maintain their local membership dues and likewise, a decline in international artists coming to work in Bermuda resulted in a decrease in travelers dues. It should be known that membership dues is what keeps any union alive.

“As the BFMVA was a registered trade union with the Bermuda government, and a member of the Bermuda Trade Union Congress [BTUC], governed by the Bermuda Trade Union Act, there were financial commitments which had to be maintained with both the government and the BTUC.

“For more than 15 years, as the union became almost non-existent, the records would show that Brother Lloyd single handedly kept the union in good financial standing with both entities; thus giving us a voice around the BTUC table and sustaining us as a registered Trade Union.

“For this, we salute our late brother in recognition of and appreciation for his contribution to keeping our union alive. We also wish to acknowledge that Bro. Lloyd was a well-known Calypsonian who performed throughout Bermuda during his entertainment career.

“May his soul Rest in Peace as he joins our other three past and late presidents, namely; brothers Ghandi Burgess, Hubert Smith and Leroy Simmons.”

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