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Building community spirit

MP Michael Lashley (third left) throwing the switch with the help of the children.

A large and appreciative crowd turned up last Saturday evening at King George V Memorial Park to participate in the annual Christmas Party and watched the lighting ceremony staged by parliamentary representative for St. Philip North, Michael Lashley.

Reverend Ryan Boyce of St. Catherine’s Anglican Church invoked God’s blessings on the event, which began at 4 p.m.

Choirs from Bayley’s, St. Philip, St. Catherine’s, St. Mark’s and Hilda Skeene Primary Schools entertained the audience with Christmas carols.

Lashley told Barbados TODAY today that 1,000 gifts were distributed to the children who turned up.

He further stated that there were more than 1,000 lights at the annual event which has been held since 2009. The St. Philip North MP said a child from each of the primary schools that performed was given an opportunity to turn on some of the lights. Lashley also flicked the switch to turn on some.

The MP said that entertainment will continue during the festive season with movie nights and Pan Under the Lights.

He added that the constituency council played a part in the staging of the event, while lights were donated by some community-spirited persons.

The MP, who is also Minister of Housing and Lands, thanked everyone who attended and helped to make the event a success, adding its purpose was help build community spirit.†(NC)

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