Friday 14 August, 2020

Virtual celebrations for Day of National Significance

Clement Payne bust (File Photo)

Clement Payne bust (File Photo)

There has been a change in today’s (July 26) plans as Barbados celebrates its Day of National Significance.

The annual event, which was originally advertised to be held at Golden Square, Probyn Street will now take a virtual format. Disruptions to the staging of the event came as a result of recent inclement weather.

The virtual commemoration will take place on CBC TV 8 and will include speeches and cultural presentations. It commences at 4 pm. Scheduled to deliver speeches are:

  • Prime Minister, Mia Amor Mottley
  • Barbados’ Ambassador to CARICOM, David Comissiong
  • Cuba’s Ambassador to Barbados, Sergio Jorge Pastrana
  • Minister with responsibility for Culture, John King
  • and leaders of the Barbados Workers Union and National Union of Public Workers.

The Clement Payne Movement apologised for the change in programme but looks forward to persons viewing from the comfort of their homes.

The Day of National Significance honours Barbados’ involvement in the historic Caribbean labour rebellions of the 1930s.

In a previous announcement made by the COVID-19 Monitoring Unit there was to be a relaxation of the protocols related to gatherings in excess of 500 people on July 24 and August 1. However, a correction was subsequently made to adjust it to today, Sunday July 26 for the Day of National Significance and August 1 for EmancipationDay.

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