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Bahamas celebrates independence

regionalcelebratingindependenceinbahamasNASSAU — Thousands of Bahamians stood at attention on Clifford Park yesterday morning as uniformed officers raised the official independence flag, marking the country’s 40th anniversary as an independent nation. Clifford Park was transformed into a sea of aquamarine, gold and black as spectators donned the flag colours.

The programme included an ecumenical service, a cultural extravaganza and the traditional tattoo, featuring drills by uniformed officers.

The four-hour event included performances from the National Dance School, the Urban Renewal band and rifle and cannon salutes from the armed forces.

The festivities, billed to be the “mother of all tattoos”, garnered mixed reviews among Bahamians.

However, many of the spectators agreed on one thing: They are proud to be Bahamian.

“I thought we did an excellent job in celebrating the 40th,” Bahamas Christian Council Vice President Bishop Victor Cooper said following the fireworks display, which culminated the event.

“Everything was on point. I’m just happy to see that there is a generational change.

“We were delighted to see the number of young children involved in the celebrations. That speaks well of our country because sometimes emphasis is given to the thugs, but tonight we saw a demonstration of youth power at its best. (Nassau Guardian)

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