City aglow with Christmas beauty

Independence Square was full of Yuletide cheer as the third instalment of Christmas in the Square was launched.

The beauty of the season could be seen in every corner of Bridgetown, as Christmas trees were creatively decorated in Heroes Square, Jubilee Gardens and by the General Post Office.

Patrons in the park examining the trees.
Standing at the entrance of the General Post Office, this tree tells a story of Commonwealth history.

A total of 57 private and public schools participated in the project, hosted by the Royal Commonwealth Society, which aims to beautify The City. Each of the 76 trees represented a Commonwealth country.

Using their knowledge of the culture and traditions of those countries, the students uniquely decorated the trees using recyclable materials.

Students and onlookers stopped in Independence Square to see the lighting ceremony of Christmas in the Square.

Right in the heart of Bridgetown, at Heroes Square, the Barbados tree was surrounded by 11 other trees representing the country’s parishes.

President of the Association of Public Primary School Principals, Marion Gamble said the project was eagerly anticipated and well received.

“Barbados looks forward to this annual occasion, where we can celebrate Christmas in a special way,” she said.

Meanwhile, principal of the Darryl Jordan Secondary School, Stephen Jackman revealed that the third and fourth form students enjoyed participating in the project to spread some Christmas cheer and gain community service points for their Caribbean Certificate of Secondary Level Competence.

Musical accompaniment was by the steel pan band of the Frederick Smith Secondary School.

“We look forward every year to this exercise,” Jackman said. “It is great opportunity for students to learn about the Commonwealth and the other countries in the Commonwealth.” 

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