Vieux Fort-Independence City
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.