THE VALLEY, Anguilla -- Jeremiah Gumbs, the Anguillan hotel owner who led public opposition to Britain's plans in 1967 to combine Anguilla, St. Kitts and Nevis into one self-governing state, died here April 8 at the age of 91.

Gumbs argued before the United Nations that Anguilla's needs would not be fairly represented under the proposed tri-island plan.

In a special referendum on July 11, 1967, Anguillans overwhelmingly voted for independence, later modified to a self-governing British dependent territory with its own constitution and elected officials.

Gumbs and his wife opened Anguilla's first beach resort in 1962, what is today Rendezvous Bay Hotel and Villas on Anguilla's southwest coast.

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