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Hitchen Street in Allman Town, Central Kingston has been renamed the Weeville Gordon Street in honour of Custos of Kingston and Deputy Governor General, Rev. Canon Weeville Gordon.
Mayor of Kingston, Councillor Desmond McKenzie, yesterday (Oct.11) unveiled the sign dedicating the street, following a civic ceremony held at the St. Matthew’s Anglican Church Hall.
Mayor McKenzie implored the residents to take care of the sign as well as the newly repaired street.He informed that the renaming of the street in honour for Rev. Gordon, was part of a programme being undertaken by the Kingston and St Andrew Corporation (KSAC), to recognise and pay homage to the city’s stalwarts.
“We are not only paying tribute to those who have served the city”, Mayor McKenzie said, “but we are also ensuring that when our young people ask why was this or that street named, their parents or their teachers will be able to explain the history with pride.”
He revealed that Ocean Boulevard, downtown Kingston, would be renamed in honour of former Prime Minister, Edward Seaga.
In his remarks, Rev. Gordon thanked the residents of Allman Town for their support during his 40 years of service to St. Matthew’s Church and the community.
He also lauded them for their hard work to change the volatile image associated with Allman Town. “One for all, we worked together for the welfare of Allman Town and I feel very special and shall always remember the support given to me while I served the people of Allman Town”, he stated.
Rev. Gordon served the Anglican Church for 50 years, most of that time as Rector of St. Matthew’s before retiring in 2003.
Canon Gordon holds an Order of Distinction (Commander Class) and has deputized as Governor General on numerous occasions.
The occasion was highlighted by several tributes from family and friends including Rev. Dr. Robert Thompson, Bishop of Kingston.

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