Island’s finest honoured
THE spotlight fell on some of Barbados’ finest as they were presented with the insignia of Barbados’ 2013 Independence Honours by Governor General Sir Elliott Belgrave yesterday.
Under a large tent erected in the lush, expansive gardens of Government House, the Governor General dubbed two Knights of St Andrew – Sir Trevor Carmichael and Sir Trevor Hassell – and presented other awards to 24 people who have distinguished themselves in various spheres of Barbadian life.
The three-hour investiture ceremony covered the presentation of the two knighthoods, the Companion Of Honour Award, the Gold and Silver Crowns Of Merit, Barbados Service Awards and the Barbados Bravery Medal awarded to gardener Mark Martindale and information technology consultant Lennux Ferdinand. These two men rescued a Canadian visitor from drowning off the St Philip coast near Sam Lord’s Castle last year.
“I feel truly honoured,” Sir Trevor Carmichael told the DAILY NATION afterwards. “I feel happy to receive this honour. It is something which really stirs me on to do more, to get more involved in helping to make Barbados a better place.”
Economist Dr Bishnodat Persaud, who received the Companion Of Honour, described it as a special honour, and “more prestigious” than others he had received. The father of well-known economist and business consultant Dr Avinash Persaud, the elder Persaud said it was a renewing of his very deep association with Barbados.
Several members of Cabinet headed by Prime Minister Freundel Stuart, as well as family members and friends of recipients, witnessed the investiture which was followed by a reception.
The Royal Barbados Police Force Band, conducted by new Director of Music Superintendent Keith Ellis, played a brief interlude after the presentations.
This year, retired head of the Government Information Service and former broadcaster Anthony Cave replaced longtime orator for the occasion, Professor Henry Fraser. (GC)