Plans are in high gear for the staging of the 128th birthday anniversary celebration of National Hero, Right Excellent Sir Alexander Bustamante on February 24 in Hanover.
A sub-committee of the Hanover Parish Council, comprised of members of the Council's Civic and Community Relations Committee, the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC), and representatives from several organisations within the parish, have began meetings to plan the annual civic ceremony to mark the occasion.
The event, slated for Sir Alexander’s birthplace in Blenheim, takes on added significance this year as it forms part of the 'Jamaica 50' year-long celebration. It is expected to attract thousands of Jamaicans, including nationals from the Diaspora, and visitors to the island.
In an interview with JIS News following a recent meeting of the planning committee, JCDC Field Services Director, Marjorie Vernon, said that the annual civic function has attracted special speakers and top level cultural performances and "this year (with the anniversary of our Independence) the staging of the Bustamante birthday tribute will be done with a level of extra excitement and significance."
In outlining the programme for the day, Mrs. Vernon said that every effort will be made to highlight the life and work of the National Hero, through music, speech and dance.
"So, we will have speakers that will look at Bustamante as the nation builder, Bustamante as the politician, Bustamante as the union man, and so you will be getting a lot of information as it relates to his life and work," she shared.
She said that plans are also being discussed with regards to the staging an exhibition on the National Hero.
Noting that the civic ceremony has always enjoyed strong support from the Hanover community, including the private sector, Mrs. Vernon said that "this year, being a special year, we are anticipating that others will come onboard to ensure that whatever we do, will be done with great significance".
The planning committee will have weekly meetings up to the staging of the function.