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A beautifully lit Christmas tree and glowing lights installed around the Claude Stuart Park in Port Maria have made that location an area of special attraction in St. Mary for the Christmas season.
The lights were turned on by Mrs. Colleen Pottinger, wife of the Custos of St. Mary, Hon. A.A. ‘Bobby’ Pottinger, during the annual St. Mary Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony and gospel Concert, on Tuesday, December 21.
The function was held in two parts, with the tree lighting ceremony taking place at the Claude Stuart Park, and the gospel concert in the adjacent Port Maria Anglican Church Hall.
Sponsored by LIME, the gospel concert generated a great deal of fun and excitement for the scores of persons in attendance, featuring performances by a number of local groups and individuals, including representatives from the Richmond Correctional Services, the Salvation Army, Tareq Silvera, Jenice Owen, Derrick Robinson, Wayne Martin and Chopper John, who was also the guest performer for the occasion.
The scripture reading was done by Shannoya Love and Jenice Davis, 2010 Youth Mayor and Deputy Youth Mayor of Port Maria.
In bringing greetings, the Custos underscored the significance of the biblical words “peace on earth and goodwill toward men,” and emphasised the necessity for Jamaicans to give practical expression to that call by being more loving and caring towards each other.
Pointing out that the country is confronted with a number of serious challenges, he encouraged everyone to seek strength from God, and display the resilience needed to overcome the difficulties and build a brighter future.
For his part, Mayor of Port Maria, Councillor Richard Creary, appealed to Jamaicans to focus on the true meaning of Christmas, and make a special effort to share with one another as they celebrate the season.
He urged them to give special attention to the less fortunate in the society and do whatever they can to make them feel comfortable during the season.