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Christmas on Cayman Brac

Santa in Cayman Brac.

The recent Christmas tree-lighting ceremony, sponsored by the Ministry of District Administration, Works, and Land Agricultural (DAWL&A), created a definite energy on Cayman Brac and lit up the Bluff. A stunning Christmas tree now glitters at the Agriculture Grounds. The holiday lights display a nautical theme of white, blue and green lights.

The event attracted over 500 residents and set a festive mood for the season ahead, according Deputy District Commissioner Mark Tibbetts, who also acted as Master of Ceremonies.

Acting Premier and Minister for District Administration Hon. Juliana O'Connor-Connolly, along with Permanent Secretary Kearney Gomez, District Commissioner Ernie Scott and Deputy District Commissioner also took part in the proceedings. Mr. Gomez welcomed Brackers to the brand new event and the Acting Premier, in her opening remarks, read a poem by Helen Temple entitled, "Let me go Singing."

Ms. O'Connor-Connolly reminded the audience that the true meaning of Christmas is to celebrate the birth of Christ. She also noted that it was a time to give thanks for the end of an uneventful hurricane season.

Commenting on the tree-lighting event, Ms. O'Connor-Connolly stated: "This event was a good reminder of what the season is about. The audience left with the holiday spirit. It is beautiful scenery for all the family and we are hoping to turn this into a Brac tradition for the entire family. This event provided another way to utilize the Agriculture Grounds."

The Christmas lights mainly in white, green and blue depicted the nautical theme we choose," she explained.

She noted that the reason for the occasion was to provide a place where Brackers could go with their families and enjoy a quiet evening, as well as to lift the spirits for the holiday season.

Participating at the event were carolers from the various churches, including Hillside Chapel (Baptist), Fellowship Baptist Church and Mission Home, Ebenezer Church, Stake Bay Baptist Church, Cotton Tree Bay Church of God Parsonage, Seventh Day Adventist Mission, All Nations Pentecostal and the combined choirs of West End, Creek and Spot Bay Primary Schools. Music was provided by Raymond Scott, Pastor Tom French and District Commissioner Ernie Scott. Other entertainers were Neila Jones, Kevin Roberts, Annie Rose Scott, April Tibbetts, Georgia Isaacs and the youngest soloist was 10-year-old Gina Grant who sang "Away in a Manger."

Once the Deputy Premier and District Commissioner Scott threw the switch and thousands of lights were lit, they were greeted by oohs and awes by audience. Shortly afterwards, Santa made an appearance, which further thrilled kids and adults alike.

The Acting Premier also thanked all those that took part in the celebrations as well as those who were tasked with setting up the expansive display and those who assisted behind the scenes.

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