A grand affair

commonwealthdayfunctionBarbados joined the other 53 countries to commemorate Commonwealth Day on Monday.

Governor General Sir Elliott Belgrave and Lady Belgrave headed a list of dignitaries attending a reception at Ben Mar residence of British High Commissioner Paul Brummel earlier this week.

Brummel not only thanked his guests for attending but told them that Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth signed the Commonwealth charter that day.

The High Commissioner said the document sets out the values, the commitments of the organisation, that each of the 54 member states are opposed to all forms of discrimination.

Also attending the function were former Attorney General of England and Wales in the Labour administration and a member of the UK’s All Party Parliamentary Group on the Abolition of the Death Penalty,

Baroness Patricia Scotland and Madame Ruth Dreifuss, Commissioner with the International Commission against the Death Penalty and first female President of Switzerland.

President of the Royal Commonwealth Society, Sandra Seale, in an address said, that their hope was to mentor the youth who needed help and guide them in the right direction and “instill a sense of the infinite possibilities that can arise as a result of opportunity through enterprise,” she said.

She noted that the reception formed part of the celebrations of Commonwealth Day. (DS)

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