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Prince Raises Spirits

HRH Prince Edward called on Mrs Starrie Scott and Mr Kai Christian (seated).  At left is District Commissioner Ernie Scott.

With little fanfare, HRH Prince Edward toured Cayman Brac on Thursday, 5 January, in the aftermath of Hurricane Paloma.

HRH Prince Edward accepts a portrait drawn by student Giovanna Lazzari.

While the Brac visit offered him the opportunity to see the recovery work in progress, it also lifted the spirits of those who are rebuilding lives and homes. The occasion allowed schoolchildren and other residents the chance to share their Paloma experiences.

The official tour party included Acting Governor the Hon. George McCarthy, OBE, JP; District Commissioner Ernie Scott; Sister Islands MLAs Julianna O'Connor-Connolly and Moses Kirkconnell; Acting Head of the Governor's Office Alan Drury; and other dignitaries.

The first stop was a meet-and-greet with residents at the Community Cove area of Spot Bay. The Prince visited two homes and spoke with residents.

The officials then paid brief calls at the sites of the temporary trailer facility, which houses several families; the damaged Veterans' and Seamen's building; and the main police station, which is undergoing reconstruction.

Brac Reef foreman Kyle Hooker (left) speaks with the tour party.

Prince Edward also stopped at the Brac Reef Resort, which is being reconstructed.

The Brac officials shared their pleasure that, for the first time, a member of the Royal Family visited Spot Bay. The area was devastated by the passage of category-four Paloma in early November.

At the conclusion of the visit, District Commissioner Ernie Scott said, "He is quite pleased by our efforts here, and I am quite confident that he will be an advocate for us." Gratitude was also expressed by MLA Moses Kirkconnell: "We're always happy to have a Royal Visit to Cayman Brac. It's a positive step that a person of his magnitude would have such interest, and is concerned about keeping our culture and charm intact during the rebuilding process."

Later that afternoon, after the Brac stop, Prince Edward returned to Grand Cayman and presented the Duke of Edinburgh Awards at Government House.

For further information contact: Lennon Christian