JIS News

Plans are well advanced for the staging of the St. Ann Heritage Festival and Homecoming ‘Back-A-Yard’ celebrations 2005.
The events, which will coincide with the 118th anniversary of the birth of National Hero, the Right Excellent Marcus Mosiah Garvey who was born in the parish on August 17, 1887, will include a Trade Fair at Lawrence Park in St. Ann’s Bay on Thursday, August 18, and a Homecoming Banquet at the Sandals Grande Ocho Rios Beach Resort, on Saturday, August 20.
Chairman of the Homecoming Committee, Jeanette Grant-Woodham, told JIS news that the fair would be held to showcase the best of St. Ann’s heritage and culture, including its products, services, craft and culinary arts.
The homecoming banquet, she said, would be held under the patronage of Their Excellencies, The Most Hon. Sir Howard and Lady Cooke. President of the United States Congressional Black Caucus, Charles B. Rangel will be the main speaker at the function.
Patron of the Committee, Custos Radcliffe O. Walters, said the Chief of Staff of the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF), Rear Admiral Hardley Lewin and Commissioner of Police, Lucius Thomas, would be honoured at the banquet for their contribution to nation building, and their outstanding public service.
“This is in keeping with the focus of this year’s activities, which include highlighting the achievements of outstanding sons and daughters of St. Ann, as well as the cultural diversity of the parish,” he said.
Proceeds from the event will be used in the development of the Marcus Garvey Resource Centre, which will be established at the St. Ann’s Bay Library. A statue of the National Hero has been erected on the grounds of the library.