Nation e-Edition

Governor General sworn in

Governor General sworn in Sir Elliott Fitzroy Belgrave, Barbados’ seventh Governor General with Lady Belgrave. (Nigel Browne)

By Gercine Carter | Fri, June 01, 2012 - 9:04 PM

A HUMBLE MAN from deep in the north of rural Barbados shed a tear yesterday as he was installed in the highest office in the land.

Sir Elliott Fitzroy Belgrave, Barbados’ seventh Governor General, told the Senate Chamber he felt somewhat lonely on this occasion, as he regaled the audience with tales about the sacrifices of his loving parents and seven siblings, none of whom are alive today.

In a voice cracking with emotion, the 81-year-old lawyer, prosecutor and former High Court judge, said: “Secondary education was a precious gift that my father was able to bestow on me, because in those days it was not free, and not everyone could afford this luxury. My father would become very excited when I did well at school, and would show my term report to everyone in Boscobel.”

Adding that he owed his deepest debt of gratitude to his parents Albert and Dewsbury Adora Belgrave, “humble and decent hard-working Barbadians” who did their best with limited resources to raise five girls and three boys, Sir Elliott said he was however comforted, strengthened and fortified by the presence of his dear wife Loretta, daughter Susan Lorraine and two grandchildren.

Another major source of his pride, he told the packed Senate of 250-odd well-wishers, was Barbados itself, which he described as “a land of tolerance, respect and racial harmony, where everyone, irrespective of their humble origins, creed or class, has an opportunity to develop their true potential.

“My elevation to this high office is proof that this statement is no wanton boast. As Nelson Mandela, among others, has said: it is not where one starts that matters but where one finishes,” Sir Elliott told the audience that included Prime Minister Freundel Stuart, Chief Justice Marston Gibson, Members of Parliament (MPs), Senators and members of the diplomatic corps.

 

Full story in tomorrow’s Saturday Sun

 

  • Editor's Choice

Share your thoughts

Please sign in or register to post your comments.

Page 1 of 1 pages

Posted by Cheryl Thompson 1 year, 10 months ago
Congratulations, Sir!

  • 1
Posted by Allison Walker 1 year, 10 months ago
Congratulations, Sir! St. Peter in the house! A a matter of fact, the last GG was also from the north, St. Peter also, if I'm not mistaken.

  • 0

Page 1 of 1 pages

Latest Videos

Quick Poll

Do you think the latest attempt to regulate the public service vehicle sector will be successful?

View Past Polls

Stay Connected to Your World

Join Your Friends & Our Community

Your Friends' Activity

Daily Cartoons

  • Thursday, April 17, 2014 Cartoon - 2014 04 17
  • Wednesday, April 16, 2014 TOON - 2014 04 16
  • Tuesday, April 15, 2014 - 2014 04 15