Jubilee celebrations start with torch relay

| 24/05/2012

3506489.png(CNS): The launch of Cayman’s part in the royal jubilee celebrations starts this weekend with the Diamond Jubilee Torch Run. Simultaneously, Premier McKeeva Bush will start from the West Bay library while MLA Ezzard Miller, will journey from the civic centre passing to the runners who will carry the torches along the Queen’s Highway, East End and Bodden Town. The entire race will include MLAs, government dignitaries, local athletes and others across the Cayman Islands. The final leg will be run by the acting governor Franz Manderson, who will light the Jubilee Beacon at Pedro St. James around 6:00p.m.

Celebrations will include the presentation of The Order of the Cayman Islands Awards, where a number of persons will receive Medals of Honour, Medals of Merit and Long Service Awards.

“Everyone is invited to join in celebrating the past six decades of Her Majesty’s reign,” said Diamond Jubilee Committee Chairperson Mary J. Lawrence, MBE, JP.

The Saturday evening celebrations at the historic site will continue with local foods and an evening packed with cultural expressions – including music from Swanky Kitchen Band, Cayman Folk Singers and others culminating in a display of fireworks.

Events the following weekend will include, on Saturday, 2 June, a Camana Bay fund-raising lunch for the Cayman Islands Olympic Team, a flotilla of decorated boats at 5:00p.m and end with a display of fireworks in George Town Harbour. On Saturday and Sunday (2 & 3 June) church services will be held island-wide, with a special Thanksgiving Service at Elmslie Memorial Church at 4:00p.m. Sunday afternoon.

Then, on the holiday Monday, 4 June, there will be a parade and international celebration downtown. The next day (5 June) will see the beginning of the effort to plant 6,000 trees by year-end.  After the summer break there will also be a student essay competition.
Similar activities will take place on Cayman Brac and Little Cayman.

Connecting Cultures is the theme for the Jubilee festivities locally, and throughout the Commonwealth. At Her Majesty’s request, the celebratory activities will also focus on young people.

For more information on Cayman’s Diamond Jubilee festivities, as well as events in the UK, visit: www.Facebook.com/CaymanIslandsProtocol; Twitter.com/CaymanProtocol; call 949-9809 oremail CINA@gov.ky. Also, visit the UK’s official website: www.TheDiamondJubilee.org.

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