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A flag-raising ceremony in the Port Antonio town square on Monday, August 7 was the major event held in Portland to celebrate the country’s 44th anniversary of Independence.
The function, which was organised by the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC), was attended by several leaders, including Custos of Portland, Hon. Roy Thompson; and Mayor of Port Antonio, Councillor Rupert Kelly; uniformed groups and members of the general public.
In addition to the raising of the flag, there was also a parade of the various uniformed groups in the parish.
The Governor General’s message was read by Mr. Thompson, while the Prime Minister’s message was read by Councillor Dexter Rowland, who deputised for Member of Parliament for Eastern Portland, Dr. Donald Rodd. The message of the Opposition Leader was read by Mayor Kelly.
A certificate of appreciation was presented to Oneil Samuel of Port Antonio by the JCDC, for winning a gold medal in cycling in the recently concluded Central American and Caribbean Games.
The certificate was accepted on Mr. Samuel’s behalf by his manager, Brent Christianson of Port Antonio, while Cynthia Perry, Chairman of the Portland Cultural Committee made the presentation on behalf of the JCDC.
Other events held in the parish to mark the occasion included street dances in Port Antonio and Buff Bay, sponsored by the JCDC; and a float parade and street gala in Long Bay, sponsored by the Long Bay and Black Rock Citizens’ Association.