HOLIDAY MONDAY IN CELEBRATION OF QUEEN’S GOLDEN JUBILEE
Residents in the BVI will join 60 million people in the United Kingdom and over a billion other persons worldwide throughout the Commonwealth in celebrating Her Majesty The Queen’s Golden Jubilee on Monday June 3rd.
Monday will be a public holiday here and several activities have been organized in commemoration of the event. The Jubilee celebrations will begin with an ecumenical service at the Road Town Methodist Church Sunday June 2nd at 4 pm.
On Monday June 3rd, there will be a grand parade in the centre of Road Town. All uniformed and disciplined organizations in the territory, including the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force, Her Majesty’s Customs, the BVI Fire Service, Officers from Her Majesty’s Prison, as well as the Girl Guides, Boy Scouts and other youth organizations. They will be joined by contingents from each school, including schools from the sister islands and by service clubs, all of which will form up at Sir Olva Georges Plaza at 8:30 am.
The parade will march behind the RVIPF band, the Seventh-day Adventist Drum Corps and the Boys Brigade Band to the A.O. Shirley Recreation Ground, where the Governor will take the salute and march past.
The BVI High School Jazz Ensemble will play at the Recreation Ground. “I hope that as many persons as possible will take the opportunity to turn out to see the parade and ceremony,” His Excellency said.
In the evening of Monday June 3rd, there will be a grand bonfire and firework display on Wickham's Cay close to the cruise ship dock. There will be games organized by the Rotary Clubs for the children from 5:30 onwards and Rotary and the Lions will also have stalls from which food and drinks will be available.
The bonfire will be lit at 6:30 and the fireworks display will begin at 8:30. There will also be bonfires lit on Jost Van Dyke, Virgin Gorda and Anegada at approximately the same time and these four bonfires will form part of a chain of 1800 bonfires or beacons all around the world.
As part of the territory’s celebrations for the Jubilee, there will be a Jubilee Photograph Exhibition that will tour the islands for the next six months. It will initially be on display in the Central Administration Building followed by the Public Library and it will go to every school and library throughout the territory.
After the summer holidays, there will be a schools’ essay competition, with information packs and mementoes and souvenirs of the Jubilee.
Executive Council has approved plans for a Jubilee garden, which will be created in Jost Van Dyke.
There will be official parties to celebrate the Queen’s Birthday as usual on Tortola (Saturday June 1st) and on Virgin Gorda (Saturday June 8th), but this year, in recognition of the Golden Jubilee and Her Majesty’s 75th birthday, there will also be mini-parades and birthday parties on Jost Van Dykes on Friday June 7th and on Anegada on Saturday June 15th.
The public is invited to attend the parades, however, attendance at the parties will be by invitation only.
In a broadcast Monday by His Excellency the Governor Frank Savage, he read a message sent earlier this year by Her Majesty to all Overseas Territories. She acknowledged the loyalty and support received since ascending to the throne in 1952 and said she looks forward to a continuing partnership.
In his reply to that message, Governor Savage conveyed good wishes and loyal and affectionate greetings on the occasion of Her Majesty’s birthday and Golden Jubilee. He said the community remembers with great affection her visits to the BVI in 1966 and 1977.
“Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth has served Her people in the UK and in the 54 countries of the Commonwealth and in the 14 Overseas Territories with a love and devotion to duty which will be difficult to surpass,” the BVI Governor stated. I hope that the community will take the opportunity of the national holiday and celebrations in the BVI to celebrate this milestone in Her Majesty’s life and to give praise and glory to Our Good Lord for the rich blessings He has bestowed on our Sovereign Queen, Elizabeth.”
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