This year’s National Independence Service, one of the highlights of the country’s 41st Anniversary of Independence celebrations, will take place on Sunday, November 25, at the Sherbourne Conference Centre under the theme “Rising to Higher Heights in and through God”.
Governor General, Sir Clifford Husbands; Prime Minister, Owen Arthur; Chief Justice, Sir David Simmons; Opposition Leader, David Thompson; Cabinet Ministers; other Members of Parliament; members of the diplomatic corps; representatives of the private and public sectors, the social partnership, other dignitaries and members of the general public are expected to be present in the Hibiscus Room for the service which gets under way at 4:00 p.m.
Admission for the general public is free and no tickets are required. The Royal Barbados Police Force Band and the Community Mass Choir, as well as the Choirs of the Coleridge and Parry, Christ Church Boys’ and Erdiston Nursery Schools will be featured during the service which will be carried live on the Caribbean Broadcasting Corporation and Starcom Network.
According to a government official, public transportation will be provided. The 3:00 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. by-pass services leaving the Oistins sub-terminal and the Speightstown terminal will travel to their respective destinations via the Sherbourne Conference Centre to enable persons to attend the service. The same will also occur with the 4:30 and 5:30 by-pass service.
In addition, persons can travel from the Fairchild Street terminal to Sherbourne by utilising the existing services that pass in front of the Conference Centre. Those routes by destination and their departure gates are as follows: Bayfield – Route 10 boards at Gate 10; Kendal – Route 19E boards at Gate 11; Dash Valley – Route 19D boards at Gate 15; and Yorkshire – Route 19 boards at Gate 11.
Parking will be allowed at Sherbourne, Mall Internationale and the former Barbados Hardware car park at Haggatt Hall. A limited shuttle service will be provided to and from Sherbourne for those persons parking at these locations.
At the end of the service, buses will be provided to take those who attended the service to Bridgetown.