JIS News

Thirty-eight persons and organisations were honoured for their contribution to the development of St. Mary, at the annual St. Mary Heroes Day Flag-Raising Ceremony, at the Claude Stewart Park in Port Maria, on October 20.
The function was attended by a large gathering, including Custos of St. Mary, Hon. A.A. ‘Bobby’ Pottinger; Member of Parliament for Western St. Mary, Robert Montague and Mayor of Port Maria, Councillor Richard Creary.
The awardees, including Olympians, Aileen Bailey and Danny McFarlane, were presented with plaques and certificates of appreciation, for outstanding service in the areas of Sport, Community Development, Agriculture, Education, Public Service, Religion and Health.
Tributes in songs, cultural performances and dance were paid to the National Heroes by students of several schools in the parish, including Iona High School, Tacky High School, Port Maria Primary School, and Zion Hill Primary School, while floral arrangements were laid by members of uniformed groups.
Cultural Organiser for St. Mary, Denise Morrison, told JIS News, that the function was a success and thanked all those who were involved in its planning.
She commended residents of the parish for the overwhelming support they provided for the event, and congratulated the awardees for the exemplary role they had played in making their contribution to the development of the parish.
Uniformed groups on parade at the ceremony included the Police, the Correctional Service, Cadets, Fire Department and Path Finders.