Dating back to the 1940s, Belmont produced many residents who made significant contributions in the areas of sports and the arts; these outstanding individuals are documented below. In the 1950s, when many Trinidadians still cooked with charcoal, Belmont residents purchased 'coals' from Flora on Willis Street. In the 1960s, the HiLo grocery chain opened a store at the corner of Myler and Norfolk Streets. Gonzalez is one of the communities of Belmont.
Belmont is the place where comedian Tommy Joseph grew up.
Cinema: Belmont had one cinema operating from the 1950s to the 1970s - Olympic on Erthig Road.
Calypso: Calypsonians who were born in Belmont include Lord Caresser, Mighty Shadow and David Rudder.
Steelbands: The following is a listing of the steelbands that functioned in Belmont, broken down by type: traditional (pans supported around the neck); and conventional (pans supported mechanically).
|STEELBAND||TYPE||LOCATION IN 2002||HISTORY|
|Bar 22||Traditional||35 Roslyn Street|
|Belmont City Kids||Traditional||Defunct||Founded in 1956, and operated from 17 Farrell Lane.|
|Belmont Fifth Dimension||Conventional||St. Francois Valley Road|
|Casablanca||Conventional||31 Belmont Circular Road||Click here for details.|
|Classy Sounds||Conventional||Belmont Secondary School, Circular Road|
|Dem Fortunates||Conventional||Best remembered for its rendition of "The Teddy Bears' Picnic" in the late-1950s.|
|Dixieland||Conventional||Click here for details.|
|Fifth Dimension||Conventional||St. Francois Valley Road|
|Gonzales Sheikers||Traditional||Excalier Government Primary School|
|Harlem Syncopators||Traditional||63 Quarry Road, Gonzales|
|Hi Larks||Traditional||79 Belmont Circular Road|
|In Focus||Conventional||Jerningham Avenue|
|Pan Vibes||Conventional||St. Francois Valley Road|
|Pandemonium||Conventional||3 Norfolk Street|
|Players Symphony||Conventional||Davis Street|
|Super Sonics||Traditional||St. Francois Valley Road|
Conventional Music Bands: Conventional music bands that functioned in Belmont included the following:
|Bert Bailey and the Jets||Functioned from the late-1950s to the 1960s on Baptiste Lane.|
Mas(querade) Bands: Mas' bands that functioned in Belmont included:
|MAS' BAND||LOCATION IN 2002||HISTORY|
|Burrokeets||22A Belle Eau Road|
|De B.O.S.S.||107 Belmont Circular Road|
|Trotters Football International||Observatory Street|
|"Big" Wilfred McLean||Defunct||Operated from Industry Lane.|
Cricket: Cricketers born in Belmont who went on to represent the West Indies in Test Cricket were Ellis Achong, Ian Bishop, Bryan Davis, Charles Davis, and Andy Ganteaume.
Soccer: The Colts soccer club was based in Belmont and competed in the First Division of the POSFL into the 1960s. Residents Andy Ganteaume and Gerry Browne represented Trinidad & Tobago.
|Belmont Boys' RC School||Primary||119 Belmont Circular Road||Roman Catholic||This school was originally a church that was built in 1888; 545 pupils in 2002.|
|Belmont Girls' RC School||Primary||119 Belmont Circular Road||Roman Catholic||574 pupils in 2002|
|Belmont Government Primary School||Primary||Non-Denominational|
|Belmont Government Secondary School||Secondary||34A Belmont Circular Road||Non-Denominational|
|Belmont Boys' Secondary School||Secondary||Roman Catholic|
|Maryland RC School||Primary||Upper St. Francois Valley Road||Roman Catholic||226 pupils in 2002|
|Providence Girls' Secondary School||Secondary||146 Belmont Circular Road||Roman Catholic|
|St. Francois Girls' College||Secondary||St. Francois Valley Road||Non-Denominational|
|St. Martin's RC School||Primary||34B Belmont Circular Road||Roman Catholic||430 pupils in 2002|
|St. Martin Girls' High School||Secondary||59 Bel Eau Road||Roman Catholic|
|Bat||Kelvin James||Famous for cracking open green and dry coconuts with his forehead.|
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