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Mr. Edward Clarke, Chief Operating Officer, Sagicor Life Inc and General Manager - Barbados Operations ( pictured above ) giving the Sponsor’s  Remarks at the Sagicor Life Inc Lighting Ceremony.

During his speech he emphasised that  “ …. this month is a good time for us to reflect on our motto “Pride and Industry" as we work together to revitalize Bridgetown and Barbados.

We are all responsible for our island's destiny, it is time for each of us to take ownership of our role in "Team Barbados" as we work together to keep these beautiful lights that will be seen here tonight focussed in the right direction.”


Sagicor Life Inc. Lighting Ceremony

National Heroes Square , Bridgetown, Barbados,

Saturday, November 1, 2014.

Barbadians must ask themselves what they are doing today to advance the “phenomenal achievement of Independence in 1966.’’

Minister of Culture, Sports and Youth, Stephen Lashley, ( pictured at left ) made this assertion during the 2014 Sagicor Life Inc. Lighting Ceremony on Saturday at Heroes Square, Bridgetown.

“Each of us must ask ourselves the vital question...Are we being true craftsmen of our fate and helping to make our country more productive and competitive, or are we surrendering our talents and skills to negative and counterproductive endeavours?”

Mr. Lashley queried.He encouraged citizens to remember the “perseverance and resolve of Errol Barrow,” especially now that the island faces “unique economic challenges,’’ and added that the first Prime Minister’s role as champion of independence must be seen as inspirational.

Good Evening.

It gives me great pleasure to address you this evening at the 2014 Sagicor Life Inc Lighting Ceremony - the launch of our 48th Independence Anniversary celebrations.

As we sit in National Heroes Square, in the shadow of the historic Parliament Buildings, there is a sense of pride as we mark the 375th Anniversary of our parliamentary system, the third oldest in the Commonwealth.

        It is with immense pride that the Management and Staff of Sagicor Life Inc commit to providing our annual contribution to the staging of the Lighting Ceremony. We view this partnership as a natural alliance; as the Lighting Ceremony      illuminates our capital and the widespread communities, Sagicor Life Inc stands as a steadfast corporate citizen providing financial solutions and community support in the areas of health, education,sports and youth development.In 2011 Historic Bridgetown and its Garrison joined an elite list of properties listed as World Heritage Sites. The proverbial heart of our nation, Bridgetown has played a significant role in our history since being established almost 400 years ago (in 1628). In the early 1700s, the population in Bridgetown rivalled North-American cities such as Boston and New York and trade levels were some of the highest in the world. Not only did we trade goods but as the first stop on the trans-Atlantic journey,

       Barbados was integral in the sharing of intelligence on trade, administration and communication.One might say that present-day Bridgetown is a shadow of its former glory. There has been much discussion on the revitalisation and development of this city, however we must not lose focus, it is now time for us to intensify our efforts. During the month of November "national pride" becomes a buzz phrase ... BUT ... Are WE actively engaging in the types of activities and programmes which are deserving of this sense of accomplishment?

        The Barbados Chamber of Commerce, through The Revitalization of Bridgetown Initiative, has identified a strategic plan for improvement and I urge each business entity in Bridgetown to become involved.

       Bridgetown business people, it is time for you to TAKE OWNERSHIP OF YOUR CITY, it does not matter if you are a landlord, or a tenant, as a business person in Bridgetown, you need to participate in the city's revitalization process.

As the appeal of satellite shopping locations increases wemust seek to understand the driving force behind the exodus of shoppers and businesses and find ways to address them. We must make Bridgetown attractive, clean, safe and inviting to Barbadians and visitors alike. As we demonstrate the fruits of the partnership between Sagicor Life Inc and the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Youth, so too must others in the private sector, Government and the community work together to reverse Bridgetown's decline. Let us focus on the restoration and preservation of our historic buildings and landmarks to provide a truly Barbadian experience for all who visit the  

       With beautiful recreational spaces such as Jubilee Gardens, Independence Square, National Heroes Square, The Garrison Savannah and the recently opened Church

Village Green, Bridgetown and its surroundings are primed for various social activities and community programmes. We however need to provide the required facilities for our citizens and visitors to use when they visit the city. People must also feel safe and be free of harassment whether it is mid-day or mid-night. I believe it is time for Bridgetown to have a city manager who is responsible for managing our capital. If we want to make the best use of our Heritage site status we must protect our city, we must invest our time and money in it again, both of these resources are scarce these days so let us work together to do this the right way..... Barbados....we must not waste this opportunity.

The chosen theme for this year's Independence Celebrations: "Uniting a Nation, One Community at a Time", aptly applies here today.

Many of our resplendent light displays require a series of smaller working bulbs to achieve their full effect. Our communities are like these bulbs and the progress of our nation will shine brightly once we come together. This month, I urge you to keep in mind this year's theme as you enjoy the various Independence activities around our island. We should remember how far we have come as a nation since 1966 and I am sure we all have our own vision of where we want to be in the future.

This month is a good time for us to reflect on our motto "Pride and Industry" as we work together to revitalize Bridgetown and Barbados. We are all responsible for our island's destiny, it is time for each of us to take ownership of our role in "Team Barbados" as we work together to keep these beautiful lights that will be seen here tonight focused in the right

Thank you.



The Welcome being given by  Mrs. Ruth  Blackman, Permanent Secretary , Ministry of Culture , Sport and Youth.




Remarks given by Mr. Edward Clarke, Chief Operating Officer, Sagicor Life Inc and General Manager - Barbados Operations at the Sagicor Life Inc Lighting Ceremony National Heroes Square, Bridgetown.Saturday, November 1st, 2014, 5:30 p.m.


 The Honourable Stephen A. Lashley, M.P., Minister of Culture, Sports and Youth

 Members of the Cabinet  Members of the Diplomatic Corps

 Members of the Senate  Members of the House of Assembly

 Mrs. Ruth Blackman, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Youth

 Sister Melissa Sobers, Salvation Army

 Most Outstanding Parish Ambassador and Attendant of the Year, 2013

 Mrs. Marseta Walcott, BSM (Will flick the switch)

 Specially Invited Guests  Ladies and Gentlemen




Mrs Marceta Walcott ( above right ) throwing the switch to  illuminate Bridgetown  and the Nation. At left and centre  in photo is  Rico Bradshaw and Reshida Smith, the outstanding Ambassadors for 2013.


A very entertaining performance in Drama by  Hazel Charles.


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