JIS News

The St. Elizabeth Parish Council will outline activities to be hosted in the parish to celebrate the country's 50th Anniversary of Independence, at a press conference tomorrow (Monday, July 23).

Mayor of Black River, His Worship Councillor Everton Fisher, who will chair the proceedings, told JIS News that he will give details of the type and number of activities to be undertaken to mark the "momentous occasion."

According to Mayor Fisher, residents of the parish can look forward to some exciting activities, as a lot of effort has been put into the planning process by several stakeholders in the parish.

"We'll start with an ecumenical service at the parish church in Black River to launch the week of celebrations. We’ll have a Culture Yard at the Santa Cruz Community Centre, which will showcase the best of St. Elizabeth; a flag raising ceremony, and a float parade to Independence Park (in Black River). There will be several other activities," he said, adding that more details will be unveiled at the press conference.

At a recent JIS 'Think Tank', Executive Director of the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC), Delroy Gordon, pointed out that Parish Councils islandwide will be playing an active role in the staging of activities marking the country's 50th anniversary.

According to Mr. Gordon, over the years, the Parish Councils have been successful in staging of Festival and Independence activities, and that several meetings have already been held with the Mayors of parish councils to discuss their calendar of events.

"That is why all parishes are being supported financially, in order to ensure that (they) feel equally a part of what is happening and that the celebrations are not just centralised in Kingston, but are held throughout the island," he said.

All four Members of Parliament representing the parish of St. Elizabeth are expected to attend the press conference, as well as members of the business community, the Social Development Commission (SDC) and the JCDC.