Prime Minister Freundel Stuart has lauded the 50th Anniversary of Independence Celebrations Secretariat for the “very impressive work” it has done so far.
Mr. Stuart praised the staff of the Secretariat, led by Permanent Secretary Gabrielle Springer, during a recent ceremony at the Main Guard, Garrison, to announce Taisha Carrington as the winner of the Barbados at 50 Monument Design Competition.
The Prime Minister also thanked the Barbados at 50 Monument Design Competition committee and all those involved in the preparations for the independence celebrations.
He told his audience: “We are going to be moving into high gear as we get closer to the month of November, when the celebrations are about to climax. But the journey up to now has been a very enjoyable, a very informative and very educational one.
“I hope by the time we get to the end, the average Barbadian will know a lot more about his or her history, have a better understanding of nationhood and be resolved as we embark on the next 50 years to contribute to making Barbados a solid society with a … strong and unbreakable future.”
Several iconic events have already been held to celebrate this country’s 50th anniversary of independence on November 30, 2016, and more will be held over the next few months.
They will include an event entitled: 80 Not Out, on Thursday, July 28, to celebrate the 80th birthday of Barbados’ National Hero, The Right Excellent Sir Garfied Sobers.
The spectacular celebration, the highlight of which will be a T20 cricket match, and include music, dance and folklore, with performances by the monarchs Edwin, Grynner, Lil Rick, Peter Ram, RPB and iWeb, will be held at Kensington Oval, beginning at 6:30 p.m.
In addition, there will be the Barbados Network Consultation (Diaspora) Conference from August 2 to 5 at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre; and the Barbados Food and Rum Festival, the National Independence Service and the Prime Minister’s Dinner and Ball in November.
A three-part event will also be held at the Garrison Savannah over a 24-hour period, commencing at 11:00 p.m. on November 29 and culminating on November 30, at 11:59 p.m.