Many years ago, Alfred Mendes (director Sam Mendes’s grandfather) and another guy called Bhadase Sagan Maraj, developed a large parcel of land in Trinidad, which is now known as Champs Fleurs. It contains three major factory operations, the West Indian Tobacco Co Ltd (cigarettes), Lever Brothers Ltd (detergents etc), and Carib Brewery Ltd (assorted beers). It also contains an expansive housing development of middle income and upper to high income homes.

It is also adjacent to perhaps the largest teaching hospital in the country. The main street leading north into the housing development portion is called Mendez Drive, and the first cross street of Mendez Drive is called Sagan Drive. I grew up from about six years old (1965) at the corner of the second cross street of Mendez Drive, that cross street is called West Drive.

Thanks for the experiences and vision of these two great men.

Glad to see that Trinidad had some influence in the movie and that Sam Mendes still acknowledges the bit of Trinidad that is still in him.

Go 1917!

Trevor Ramlochansingh

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