When the clock struck midnight last night, Minister of Industry, International Business, Commerce and Small Business Development Donville Inniss had 50 reasons to celebrate and that is exactly what he did.
Inniss, one of the first children born here in 1966, the same year the island achieved political independence from Britain, was joined by family and friends as he marked not only the start of 2016, but also his 50th birthday.
“It feels great to reach the new 40,” he joked.
“Tonight is about celebrating with friends and family and well-wishers. It is all about myself. For me it is about appreciating the fact I have gotten to this point,” he told Barbados TODAY.
“And I am looking forward to see where I can help take Barbados to the next 40 to 50 years,” he added.
Scores of patrons joined the affable politician at his Husbands Heights, St James residence for the $50 per person all-inclusive event.
Upon arrival, guests were given the option of party favours, including hats, party horns and neck garlands. Patrons also feasted from a buffet style table and a fully stocked bar.
A beaming Inniss said he was happy with the turnout, “not just in terms of numbers but also with the spirit of the people this year”.
Among the recognizable faces in the crowd were Attorney General and Member of Parliament for St Philip South Adriel Brathwaite and Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Tourism Irene Sandiford-Garner. The party ended around 5 a.m.
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