Guy Mayers (second from right) with Justin Moore (second from left) and wives.
The St. Lucian community raised it’s flag at Newham Townhall in London to mark the country’s National Day.
A sizeable crowd including public officials and the island’s High Commissioner gathered to commemorate the day on December 13.
Prominent activist and community JP, Justin Moore, who helped coordinate the event, said: “Everything went well. It is an important day for the St. Lucian community here in the UK. I look forward to this wonderful occasion every year.”
St. Lucia’s High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, His Excellency Mr. Guy Mayers, used the ceremony as a platform to share the history and importance of this day and what it means to the St. Lucian community.
He called on citizens to integrate and to always remember their country.
“Some of you gathered in here today are citizens of Britain and also citizens of St. Lucia, and it’s good to know that you have not forgotten about St Lucia,” said Mayers, who maintained that his government is engaging the young people of the island with educational programmes and is working hard to cut crime and unemployment.
Guy Mayers (right) with Justin Moore.
Participants at the memorable flag-raising ceremony included St. Lucian educationist Dr. Ben Charles, Marcia Maximin, Mary Matthias of the St. Lucia Diabetic Club and councillor Lester Hudson who congratulated the people of St. Lucia and of Newham borough.
The event was also attended by nationals from other islands of the Caribbean.
“We welcome St. Lucians and friends of St. Lucia who are non-nationals to come celebrate with us this special occasion every year,” said Theresa Moore, wife of event organiser, Justin Moore.
“We are an umbrella organisation and we embrace all communities and welcome every participant to this special day (St Lucia’s National Day, Dec.13). It is an event to look forward to as we celebrate with St. Lucians and the community at large,” said Justin Moore who has kept this event going for the past nine years. “It is a wonderful time for us all.”
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