Minister of Community Development and Culture, Steve Blackett

Government’s Community Independence Celebrations Secretariat (CICS) has received a $25, 000 ‘shot in the arm’ for next month’s Lighting Ceremony and Bajan Brew.

Minister of Community Development and Culture, Steve Blackett received a sponsorship cheque today on behalf of the secretariat from Vice President at Sagicor Life, Orwyn Sandiford, during a brief ceremony at Government Headquarters.

Minister Blackett thanked Sagicor for its continued support, noting that Government alone could not organise events of this nature.

“Many times we need to hitch our wagon to that of corporate Barbados to, not only plan, but to execute events such as this… so, I want to welcome your kind sponsorship again. You have been with us for the last 12 years and…I am sure you will be with us for a further 12 years,” the Minister said.

Mr. Sandiford lauded the Secretariat for its work with the annual independence celebrations, noting that the Lighting Ceremony was an experience “second to none.”

“We are pleased to see how the Lighting Ceremony and Bajan Folk Brew has grown over the years. This is due in no small part to the creativity and dedication of those persons in the Secretariat and we commend you all for making this event one of which we as Barbadians can be very proud.”

This year’s Sagicor Lighting Ceremony and Bajan Brew comes off on Saturday, November 01, in Independence Square, the City.

The event, which started in 1996, will get under way at 5:30 p.m. and will be held under the theme “Celebrating our Communities…Preserving our Heritage”.

Among those scheduled to perform are Red Plastic Bag, Ronnie D, Gabby and the 2008 Pic-o-de-crop winner, Adrian Clarke.

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