CHARLESTOWN: The observance of the Federation’s 30th independence anniversary on Nevis will bring new additions to its month-long list of activities, including a major change to the celebration of Independence Day on September 19.
“Thursday the 19th, Independence Day, in the morning, we will have the Independence Parade (and) in the evening, the Independence Cocktail and Award Ceremony, said Wakely Daniel, Principal Assistant Secretary in the Premier’s Ministry.
“In previous years, what would have happened is that the awards would have been given at the parade at the Park. This year promises to be a year with a difference, in that the awards will be presented to the awardees at the Independence Cocktail.”
Daniel said other activities to mark the anniversary are tailored to encourage participation from all sectors of the community.
“Independence 30 this year, promises to be a grand affair,” he said. “It promises to have something for all. No matter what you’re into, it’s something that you can enjoy. I would encourage all this year that it is 30 years and that we are maturing as a nation to go out and celebrate and to wear your patriotic hat, shirt, pants, whatever you may have because the calendar is here. It is something that has something for all.”
Daniel said the celebrations would commence ahead of Independence Day from September 15 with a thanksgiving service followed by a 30/30 cricket match at the Elquemedo Willett Park.
On Monday September 16th, which is observed annually as National Heroes’ Day, a 10K road run will be held in the morning, followed by horse racing later in the day.
“Of course most persons would remember years ago, it was a staple on the island of Nevis where we would have the 10K run from the airport to Charlestown,” said Daniel. “This year, we are bringing back the 10K run and it will be a part of Independence 30.In the afternoon (there will be) horse racing, you have the Don Bartlette Memorial Stake.”
On September 18, students on the island will be given treats while an inter-village keep clean campaign will be launched.
“Yes, we’ll have something for school children where they will be given once again their independence treat,” said Daniel. “In addition to that we will have the launch of a Clean Village Competition. This competition will be spearheaded by the Ministry of Tourism. It will run for a few months so all those persons, all those villagers from the different communities in Nevis, you will be involved in this.”
Independence Drag Racing will be held at the St. James’ Raceway on September 21. On the same day, a beach cleanup will be held in keeping with International Coastal Cleanup Day.
On September 22, the final day of the 30th anniversary of Independence celebrations, a Soccer-rama will be held at the Elquemedo Willett Park in Charlestown.
“The Sports Department, Mr. Jamir Claxton and his group will pull this event off at the Park,” said Daniel. “So all of you footballers who are out there, start getting ready because it will be an intense competition.”