News Release: HAMILTON, Bermuda – The Progressive Labour Party extends our deepest condolences to the family, friends, and admirers of the iconic Gombey Grandmaster, Mr Leon “Sparky” Place of the legendary Place’s Gombeys.

Mr Place’s contributions to our unique Bermudian culture through the Gombeys will live on forever and we are infinitely indebted to him.

Our party was pleased to honour Mr Place with a PLP Drum Major award in 2023, recognizing his contributions to the community over his lifetime.

We thank Leon “Sparky” Place for all that he did to cultivate the Gombey traditions in Bermuda through his family and his troupe. The influence he has had is immeasurable and we know that his family and friends are filled with pride.

We hope the family is comforted by the memories and by the knowledge of the impact that this Gombey Grandmaster had in our community.