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More than 200 persons awarded National Honours at King's House ceremony

Published:Monday | October 17, 2016 | 10:37 PM
Andre Spaulding (left) son of late journalist Gary Spaulding and Marie Sinclair, wife of late journalist Glenroy Sinclair, sit in the audience at the National Honours and Awards Ceremony at King's House earlier today as they waited to collect their loved ones awards.

More than 200 people were this morning recognised for their various contributions to the development of the Jamaican society at the National Honours and Awards Ceremony at King's House.

Among them are five Jamaicans, who are being conferred with the Order of Jamaica, the country’s fifth highest honour.

They are retired Member of Parliament and former Deputy Prime Minister, Dr Ken Baugh; senior citizens’ advocate and researcher, Professor Denise Eldemire-Shearer; former Ambassador to the US, Ambassador Anthony Johnson; art historian and former Director-Curator of the National Gallery, Dr David Boxer; and neurosurgeon, Professor Renn Holness.

Senator Tom Tavares Finson led a list of 33 people conferred with the Order of Distinction (Commander Class), while Veteran Journalist, Clifton 'Cliff' Hughes was recognised for his contributions to the development of journalism with the OD (Commander Class).

Late journalists, Gary Spaulding and Glenroy Sinclair, were also recognised posthumously for their contributions to journalism with an appointment to the Order of Distinction (Officer Class). 

A teenage girl was one of two people conferred with the Badge of Honour for Gallantry by Governor General, Sir Patrick Allen at King's House this morning.

Schoolgirl, Antini Anderson, who braved a raging fire, which had engulfed her house to rescue her 15-year-old mentally challenged sister, was pinned with the Badge of Honour for Gallantry by the governor-general.

Orland Brown, a resident of Ackee Walk in the Corporate Area who flung himself into a raging body of water to rescue a child who was being swept away, was also recognised for his heroism.