Ser­vice was not in vain

Jamaica Gleaner - - NEWS -

IT PAID off for many Ja­maicans who have given and con­tinue to give long and self­less ser­vice to the coun­try, as they were recog­nised at a cer­e­mony of in­vesti­ture and pre­sen­ta­tion of na­tional hon­ours and awards at King’s House yes­ter­day. The Gleaner was there and cap­tured some of the mem­o­rable scenes pre­sented on this page and on A7.

Rex­ton Ral­ston Fer­nando Gor­don, known on the dance­hall scene as Shabba Ranks, proudly walks across the lawns of King’s House af­ter re­ceiv­ing the Or­der of Dis­tinc­tion in the rank of Of­fi­cer yes­ter­day.

PHOTOS BY RI­CARDO MAKYN/STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

From left: Lieu­tenant L.James and Sec­ond Lieu­tenant T. Pan­ton are as­signed the re­spon­si­bil­ity to carry the Queen’s Colours and the Reg­i­men­tal Colours, re­spec­tively. This was the first time that two fe­male sol­diers were per­form­ing this duty at a cer­e­mony of in­vesti­ture and pre­sen­ta­tion of na­tional hon­ours and awards.

Mar­lene Street For­rest is recog­nised for her out­stand­ing lead­er­ship in the growth of the Ja­maica Stock Ex­change with the Or­der of Dis­tinc­tion (com­man­der class).

Diana McCaulay re­ceives the Or­der of Dis­tinc­tion (of­fi­cer class) for her con­tri­bu­tion to the pro­tec­tion of the en­vi­ron­ment.

For his con­tri­bu­tion to the Elec­toral Com­mis­sion and the le­gal pro­fes­sion, Se­na­tor Thomas Ge­orge Lewis Tavares-Fin­son re­ceives the Or­der of Dis­tinc­tion (com­man­der class).

Master broad­caster and jour­nal­ist Cliff Hughes is now Clifton Glad­stone Pa­trick Hughes, CD.

Prime Min­is­ter An­drew Hol­ness has a spe­cial word for Ken Baugh, a for­mer min­is­ter of health and one of four per­sons re­ceiv­ing the Or­der of Ja­maica award yes­ter­day.

Au­dia Spencer thrills with her mu­si­cal se­lec­tion.

The highly suc­cess­ful Adam Ste­wart is recog­nised for out­stand­ing con­tri­bu­tion to tourism and the ho­tel in­dus­try with the Or­der of Dis­tinc­tion in the rank of Com­man­der.

PHOTOS BY RI­CARDO MAKYN/STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

Mar­cha Thomas is in­vested with the Or­der of Dis­tinc­tion in the rank of Com­man­der for her con­tri­bu­tion to the Ja­maican for­eign ser­vice.

The for­mer speaker of the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives, Michael Peart, stands tall with more than 20 years of ser­vice to Par­lia­ment and his CD award.

He is re­garded as ‘Mr Pro­to­col’ in many cir­cles, and yes­ter­day, Frank Mer­rick Need­ham re­ceived the Or­der of Dis­tinc­tion (com­man­der class) for his out­stand­ing ser­vice to the public ser­vice through his shared ex­per­tise in state pro­to­col and lo­gis­tics.

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