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A regal Trinidadian 52nd Independence

Published:Sunday | September 7, 2014 | 12:00 AM
The University of the West Indies Panoridim Steel Orchestra.
Trinidad and Tobago High Commissioner Rev Dr Iva Gloudon (left) presents Marcia Erskine with the 2014 High Commissioner Award for her hard work and dedication to her field and country.
Trinidad and Tobago High Commissioner Dr Iva Gloudon and Minister of Justice Mark Golding cut the cake in celebration of Trinidad's 52nd anniversary of Independence at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in St Andrew on Saturday.
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Jody-Anne Lawrence, Lifestyle Reporter

The red, black and white Trinidadian independence celebration was in full swing last Saturday at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in St Andrew.

The rain did not dampen the 'Trini' spirit as they came out in their numbers to celebrate their 52nd year of Independence. It was a beautiful crowd, as the Trinidad natives all wore outfits depicting a variation of their national colours.

Guests were thoroughly entertained in true 'Trini' style by the University of the West Indies Panoridim Steel Orchestra.

The official proceedings started with the national anthems of both Jamaica and Trinidad. This was followed by the speech of High Commissioner of Trinidad and Tobago, Rev Dr Iva Gloudon. There was much that the country had to be proud of over the past year, and one of the main things is finally having their own property on Jamaican soil.

"We now own the property at 25 Windsor Avenue here in Kingston. We have undergone extensive remodelling and renovations, all as a symbol that we are here to stay," said Gloudon.

She also reminisced on the relationship that Jamaica and Trinidad have shared over the years.

Minister of Justice Mark Golding provided the response on behalf of Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, A.J. Nicholson, who was off the island. His speech mirrored Gloudon's, filled with admiration for her country and their successes.

There was a surprise in store for one chosen individual - Marcia Erskine. She is a Trinidadian living in Jamaica and had been a recipient of the Marcella Martinez Award for her contribution to the Jamaica Tourist Board. She was completely taken aback when, at the end of the ceremony, she was announced as the 2014 High Commissioner Award winner for her hard work and dedication to her field and country.

The event ended with fine dining and continued celebrations.

Photos by Winston Sill/Freelance Photographer