Jamaican-Born Aviator Home on Four-Day Official Visit


Jamaican-born aviator, Captain Barrington Irving Jr., who recently made history as the youngest and first black pilot to fly solo around the world, arrived in the island yesterday (August 3) to a warm welcome at the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston.
Captain Irving was invited to Jamaica by Prime Minister Portia Simpson-Miller, after his successful historic aviation voyage, which took him across four continents over 97 days.
The 23-year old Irving who will be in the island for a four-day official visit arrived to a hero’s welcome by a party of officials from the Government and the Opposition, local aviation interests, a wide representation of young Jamaicans, and hundreds of excited onlookers. In her address to Captain Irving, Minister of Tourism, Entertainment and Culture, Aloun Assamba lauded him for his exceptional success and accomplishment. “It is such a tremendous privilege to welcome this very special young man, who although he left Jamaica as a very young child, has proudly proclaimed his roots every step of the way. He remains grounded in his roots, even while soaring to heights of success, and imprinting his name in the history books,” the Minister said. In his response, Captain Irving noted that “this truly makes me proud to be a Jamaican and proud to have the opportunity to inspire so many and show others that it doesn’t matter where you are coming from, what you have or do not have but determination, persistence and faith in God will carry you through,” he noted.
The schedule for young Captain Irving will include a public reception and concert at Emancipation Park, a trip to Montego Bay for a Civic Ceremony today (August 4), after which he will fly back to Kingston to attend a church service tomorrow, before traveling to Clarendon for the Denbigh Agricultural Show to witness the official opening by the Governor General, His Excellency, the Most Hon. Professor Kenneth Hall.
His Independence Day schedule will include the Official Parade at King’s House, visits to St. Joseph’s Hospital and Maxfield Park Children’s Home, and an appearance at the Independence Street Gala on Knutsford Boulevard He will also be special guest at the Prime Minister’s gala at Jamaica House

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