Vieux Fort-In­de­pen­dence City

The Star (St. Lucia) - - 36TH INDEPENDENCE -

The town of Vieux Fort in the south of the is­land has been trans­formed into an In­de­pen­dence city where ac­tiv­i­ties were ex­pected to com­mence from last evening (Fri­day Fe­bru­ary 20). Th­ese ac­tiv­i­ties, which will mark the is­land’s cel­e­bra­tion of 36 years of In­de­pen­dence from Great Bri­tain (Fe­bru­ary 22, 1979), will cul­mi­nate on Mon­day Fe­bru­ary 23, 2015.

The Na­tional In­de­pen­dence Day com­mit­tee headed by cabi­net sec­re­tary Dar­rell Mon­trope, de­cided to de­cen­tral­ize the 2015 In­de­pen­dence Day events this year to af­ford greater par­tic­i­pa­tion by per­sons from the south­ern parts of the is­land. The com­mit­tee is also an­tic­i­pat­ing that per­sons from Cas­tries, the north of the is­land and else­where will take the op­por­tu­nity to visit Vieux Fort and par­tic­i­pate in the planned events.

The Chair­man of the In­de­pen­dence Day Com­mit­tee Dar­rell Mon­trope, said the com­mit­tee has been con­sid­er­ing de­cen­tral­iza­tion for some time now and that the long hol­i­day week­end this year, has fa­cil­i­tated such a move.

“There has been a north­ern bias in the cel­e­bra­tion of in­de­pen­dence. This year we want to shift the cel­e­bra­tions to the south and take Saint Lu­cians on a jour­ney through the south and ex­pose them to a dif­fer­ent side of the is­land,” Mon­trope says.

A num­ber of ac­tiv­i­ties will be held at the Phillip Mar­cellin Ground in Vieux Fort in­clud­ing the Na­tional Rally, The In­de­pen­dence Food Fair, Dance com­pe­ti­tion and SLAM Con­cert all hap­pen­ing on Fe­bru­ary 22. Toady, Satur­day Fe­bru­ary 21 will also see the stag­ing of the first ever seafood and meat fes­ti­val on the Prom­e­nade in Vieux Fort. In­de­pen­dence ac­tiv­i­ties in Vieux Fort will cul­mi­nate on Mon­day Fe­bru­ary 23 with a grand beach bash, which will fea­ture “live” per­for­mances.

Some of the other ac­tiv­i­ties for In­de­pen­dence 36 in­clude an Ec­u­meni­cal Ser­vice/ Day of Prayer, Na­tional Flag Day and a Mil­i­tary Pa­rade at the Sab Vigie.

Th­ese two young ladies dressed in na­tional wear

helped the prime min­is­ter of Saint Lu­cia Kenny An­thony with the rib­bon cut­ting of the “new” Phillip

Marcelin Grounds in Vieux Fort where the ma­jor ac­tiv­i­ties for in­de­pen­dence will be held this week­end.

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