Saturday, January 8, 2022

To Sir With Love - Royal Bahamas Defence Force pays tribute to Sir Sidney Poitier

The Royal Bahamas Defence Force Band performs a rendition of To Sir With Love as A tribute to a Bahamian icon, Sir Sidney Poitier on his 92nd Birthday

The video production is set to the theme song of the British film bearing the same title, To Sir With Love, in which Sir Sidney played the leading role. The song was also released the same year as the film in 1967, and was sung by Scottish singer and actress, Lulu Kennedy-Cairns. A recipient of the Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) award, Lulu starred alongside Sir Sidney in the movie. The song and movie became a number 1 hit that year on US charts.

Distributed by Columbia Pictures, the film featured Sir Sidney as a black educator from British Guiana (now Republic of Guyana), who took a teaching job at a high school in the rough East End district of London. At the school, the students addressed their teacher as, ‘Sir,’ almost a decade before Sir Sidney was actually knighted by the Queen of England.

Against great odds, ‘Sir’ was able to impart a sense of dignity, and social responsibility to a class of defiant, rebellious teenagers. In the end, the students came to love and respect him for the time and effort invested in transforming their lives for the better.

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