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McKenzie hosts special function to honour Jamaica's oldest person

Published:Sunday | December 24, 2017 | 11:57 AM
Local Government Minister and Member of Parliament for Western Kingston Desmond McKenzie.

As we celebrate the season of sharing and goodwill, Minister of Local Government and Community Development, and Member of Parliament for Western Kingston, Desmond McKenzie, will be hosting a special function to honour Jamaica’s oldest living person on Christmas Day.

Ida Troupe, a retired vendor who was among the first people to move into Tivoli Gardens when the housing development was constructed in 1963, was born on December 25, 1900, and will celebrate her 117th year of life on Christmas Day.

The local government minister says at that point, she will attain the same age as the late Violet Moss-Brown from Duanvale in Trelawny, who was officially certified by the Guinness Book of World Records in July this year, as the world’s Oldest Living Person and Oldest Living Woman.

“Christmas Day will have an very special meaning for me this year, because of Miss Ida. She is an extraordinary person who has lived through so many events we only read about, including the 1907 earthquake, Hurricane Charlie of 1951, Colonial Government and Internal Self Government.

"We lay claim to her not only as Jamaica’s currently oldest living person, but also arguably, the world’s oldest living person. I am very proud to name her among my constituents, and I look forward to the Guinness Book of World Records officials returning to Jamaica to visit her.”

The special ceremony to honour Ms Troupe gets under way at midday on Christmas Day.