Call for unity
HE FIRST EVENT of the 72nd annual Barbados Labour Party (BLP) conference took place Friday evening amid calls for unity and healing.
It was a reception and awards ceremony at the Plantation Garden Theatre, St Lawrence Main Road, Christ Church, and featured video comments from the awardees, most of which were reaffirmed commitments to the party, and calls to heal any rifts within the organisation so as to win the next general election.
There were 30 awards presented to members of each of the party’s branches, as well as special awards.
In his welcome remarks, BLP chairman George Payne said the return of Owen Arthur to the post of political leader was a “breath of fresh air” which “rejuvenated” the party, and he praised the awardees for their hard work and commitment.
“It also represents a symbol of our own undertaking to continue the struggle with the same zeal and vigour that you displayed in your quest to emulate the passion and dreams of our founding fathers,” he said.
The evening also featured performances from vocalists Dwayne Husbands and Toni Norville. (CA)