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  • Plans are in high gear to commemorate the 130th anniversary of the birth of National Hero, Right Excellent Sir Alexander Bustamante, to be held on February 24.
  • A Planning Committee, comprising civic, political and other representatives in the parish, has been meeting and that everything is in place for the event.
  • The activity will take the form of a civic ceremony, concert and exhibition.

Plans are in high gear to commemorate the 130th anniversary of the birth of National Hero, Right Excellent Sir Alexander Bustamante, to be held on February 24, at his birthplace in Blenheim, Hanover.

In an interview with JIS News, Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC), Regional Manager, Natalie Morris, informed that a Planning Committee, comprising civic, political and other representatives in the parish, has been  meeting and that everything is in place for the event.

She pointed out that the activity, to be hosted in collaboration with the Hanover Parish Council and the Jamaica National Heritage Trust (JNHT), will take the form of a civic ceremony, concert and exhibition.

Miss Morris said the civic ceremony and concert will be held at Sir Alexander’s birthplace, while a pictorial exhibition will be staged at the Hanover Parish Library, in Lucea, from February 28 to March 6, 2014.

She noted that the civic ceremony is slated to begin at 11:00 a.m., and extended an invitation to all persons, particularly those in Hanover, to attend the function.

There will also be performances by a number of JCDC gold medal winners from Hanover.

Sir Alexander Bustamante was born on February 24, 1884, and became the first Prime Minister of Independent Jamaica in 1962.  He retired from active politics in 1967 and died on August 6, 1977 at the age of 93 years. He was made a National Hero on October 18, 1969.