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Residents Celebrate Jubilee

Premier the Hon. McKeeva Bush, OBE, JP and His Excellency the Acting Governor Franz Manderson, Cert. Hon., JP, hold the Diamond Jubilee torch after lighting the commemorative flame. They are joined by (L-R) Diamond Jubilee Committee Deputy Chairperson Mr. Lemuel Hurlston, CVO, MBE, JP, and Chairperson Mary J. Lawrence, MBE, JP.

With fireworks, awards and celebrations, the grand launch of the local observance of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee last Saturday, 26 May, has been deemed a success, according to Diamond Jubilee Committee Chairperson Mary J. Lawrence, MBE, JP.

The lead-up Diamond Jubilee Torch Run included MLAs, government dignitaries, local athletes and others. It ended with His Excellency the Acting Governor Franz Manderson, Cert. Hon., JP, running the last leg, and lighting the Jubilee Beacon along with Premier the Hon. McKeeva Bush, OBE, JP, at Pedro St. James.

There, a number of persons were presented with The Order of the Cayman Islands Awards. The evening's celebrations also included local food, skits, and music.

The public is invited to continue to support the Diamond Jubilee events to follow. This weekend, on Saturday 2 June, a Fundraising Lunch for the Cayman Islands Olympic Team will take place at Camana Bay at 12:30pm. Later on that evening, at 5:00pm, a flotilla of decorated boats will sail in the George Town Harbour, culminating with a fireworks display.

On Saturday and Sunday (2 & 3 June) church services will be held island-wide, with a special Thanksgiving Service at Elmslie Memorial Church at 4:00p.m. Sunday afternoon.

Then, on the holiday Monday, 4 June, there will be a ceremonial parade and an international celebration of food and music downtown. The next day (5 June) will see the beginning of the effort to plant 6,000 trees by year-end.

Similar activities are taking place on Cayman Brac and Little Cayman.

For more information on Cayman's Diamond Jubilee festivities, as well as events in the UK, visit:;; call 949-9809 or email Also, visit the UK's official website:


For further information contact: Lennon Christian

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