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Linstead honours 10 residents

Published:Tuesday | February 26, 2019 | 12:00 AMRuddy Mathison/Gleaner Writer

LINSTEAD, St Catherine:

Ten citizens who have given decades of service to the development of the Linstead community in St Catherine were honoured for their outstanding contributions on Sunday as the community recognised them at a Black History Month celebration.

The event, which featured tributes, speeches, and cultural presentations, was held at the Rose Duncan Park. Hosted by GI-DI-HAN Entertainment, in association with the Linstead Community Development Community (CDC), more than 50 sponsors from the community lent their support to a well-attended celebration in which special tribute was also paid posthumously to Basil ‘Bagga’ Brown, who was a well-known radio personality and MC, who always promoted the town of Linstead during his time on radio and the big stage.

The 10 honourees – Hopeton Henry, Linval Tennant, Leghon Coghiel, Herbert Garriques, Donovan Stanbury, Ruby Tenn, Wesley Scott, Dr Kotalah Katragadda, Sylvester Hunt, and Thelma Johnson – have given yeoman service in education, music, politics, banking, community service, medicine, and culture and still continue to serve their communities.

Renaldo Garriques, CEO of GI-DI-Han Entertainment and founder of Linstead Black Togetherness, said that he was impressed with the level of support from the community for the event, which is in its third year.

“My main takeaway is to see the outpouring of support from the Linstead community – ordinary citizens, the man in the street, the business community, both large and small and organisations – coming together to honour our community heroes,” he told The Gleaner.

‘”We are happy to partner with the Linstead CDC, under the chairmanship of Devon Smith, which has been providing invaluable service to the community of Linstead and is regarded as one of the most forward-thinking community-based organisations in Jamaica.”

Garriques said that the organisers are eyeing a week of celebrations for Black History Month next year, culminating in the awards ceremony.

Smith, who shared the master of ceremonies role with Duan Ferguson, pledged the organisation’s support for future celebrations.