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  • One company and six individuals were presented with Sam Sharpe Awards by the St. James Parish Council at a civic ceremony held today, October 17, at Sam Sharpe Square, in Montego Bay.
  • “We must move forward with hope, built on our heritage, our legacy; our strength. As we seek to tame crime …the only way forward is to unite in love to preserve that which our heroes fought for,” Mayor Harris said.
  • The ceremony was staged jointly by the St. James Parish Council and the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission, (JCDC) under the national Heroes Day theme of “Our Heritage…Our Legacy…Our Strength”.

One company and six individuals were presented with Sam Sharpe Awards by the St. James Parish Council at a civic ceremony held today, October 17, at Sam Sharpe Square, in Montego Bay.

The recipients are: 100 year old Iris Denniston, for service in the field of Health; Vivian Douglas and Irvin Atkinson for their contribution to Education; Football Administrator and Coach, Tracy Reid for service in the field of Sport; Hotelier Doris Morgan for her contribution to Tourism; Deputy Superintendent of Police, Mercedes Curry for service in the field of National Security; and Western Publishers Limited, publishers of the Western Mirror Newspaper for contribution in the field of Industry and Commerce.

In his address, Mayor of Montego Bay, Councillor, Glendon Harris said the parish of St. James has benefitted immensely from the contributions made in the various fields by the Sam Sharpe Awardees.

He also stated that despite recent social issues which have been affecting the Parish, there is still a sense of hope among the citizens that better days are ahead.

“We must move forward with hope, built on our heritage, our legacy; our strength. As we seek to tame crime …the only way forward is to unite in love to preserve that which our heroes fought for,” Mayor Harris said.

Meanwhile, Member of Parliament for St. James Central, Heroy Clarke read the Heroes’ Day message from Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, while Member of Parliament for Southern St. James, Derrick Kellier delivered the message from Opposition Leader, Mrs. Portia Simpson Miller.

The Governor General’s Message was presented by President of the St. James Lay Magistrates Association, Claudette Bryan.

A number of uniformed groups, including the Jamaica Constabulary Force, the Jamaica Fire Brigade and the Jamaica Cadet Corps participated in the ceremony.

Also the Montego Bay Boys’ and Girls’ Club Marching Band, singer Karen Smith and students from a number of schools provided entertainment.

The ceremony was staged jointly by the St. James Parish Council and the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission, (JCDC) under the national Heroes Day theme of “Our Heritage…Our Legacy…Our Strength”.