The official proclamation of Montego Bay as Jamaica's newest city being made by the Minister of Local Government, the Hon. Pearnel Charles, at last year's history-making ceremony in Sam Sharpe Square on May 1, 1981. Listening with rapt attention is the Mayor of Montego Bay, Councillor Shallman Scott, whose big day it was.
The pomp and pageantry surrounding the granting of city status to Montego Bay in 1981 was something to behold. The Gleaner captured the events with these pictures among the many its photographers used to immortalize the occasion.