ST Thomas lights up
MORANT BAY, St Thomas:
A beautifully decorated Christmas tree dominated the Rudolph Elder Park during the St Thomas Parish Council's annual tree lighting ceremony on Tuesday.
Many persons braved the rain to participate in the festivities which included performances from the Morant Bay Ecumenical Choir, the St Thomas Parish Council Choir and employees of the council offices. Patrons were especially thrilled with a impromptu performance from Dr Fenton Ferguson, member of parliament for Eastern St Thomas, Mayor Ludlow Mathison and Councillor Rohan Bryan, representative for the Morant Bay division, in their rendition of a praise and worship chorus.
Mayor Mathison was pleased with the proceedings, calling the ceremony a symbol of hope for a bright future, and a wonderful holiday season.
"Christmas, in times past, was a time of sharing, caring and giving. I hope this tree lighting will reignite a spirit of giving in St Thomas. I urge you all to act with love, kindness and compassion this Christmas season," he said.
The tree and the surrounding area were fitted with LED lights, a cost-cutting measure employed by the parish council. Errol Green, secretary manager, explained that LED lights would be installed across the park in the coming weeks to replace fixtures that had been damaged.
More improvements to the Rudolph Elder Park are expected, with plans having already been drawn up for a complete overhaul of the facilities.
Ferguson explained that the park would become the 'Emancipation Park of St Thomas', with improved recreational facilities, a bandstand, a play area, shops and a walk track for exercise.