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The Big Jubilee Party is Over – by Francis Quamina Farrier

The Big Jubilee Party is Over – by Francis Quamina Farrier

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Francis Quamina Farrier

Francis Quamina Farrier

Yes, Folks, I proudly admit that I was one of the older Guyanese who became emotional and did shed a tear at mid-night of May 25/26, 1966 when Guyana gained its Independence from Britain. However, I have to say that it was not quite the same, fifty years later, as I was seated in one of the stands at Jubilee Park in Georgetown, for the Flag Raising Ceremony, celebrating Guyana’s Fiftieth Independence Anniversary. The Big Jubilee Party which so many travelled so many miles to be part of, is now over. The memories are varied; “Enjoyable”, “Not so enjoyable”, and “disappointing”.

We who were there at the National Park in Georgetown, FIFTY YEARS ago, had the privilege of witnessing the Union Jack (the British flag) slowly coming down, as our brand new Golden Arrowhead (the Guyana flag) was slowly hoisted officially, for the very first time, by the then 21 year old GDF Officer, Desmond Roberts. Continue reading

Guyana: Memories of Independence – By Alissa Trotz

Memories of Independence

By Alissa Trotz On May 26, 2016  – In The Diaspora

Alissa Trotz teaches at the University of Toronto and is the editor of the In the Diaspora column

20131028diasporaHow many times have we seen the coat of arms without really understanding what it stands for? Or without knowing how it came to be? Speaking with Stanley Greaves this week, one learns that in fact there was a competition for the flag and coat of arms. As Greaves remembers it “I entered the competition, and you had any number of artists, so that what you are seeing is a composite where elements were taken from different artists and put together. My contribution was the two jaguars holding up the shield, but without the pick and the plant (representing mining and rice). Those were added.    Continue reading

Fifty years later: Guyana is changing for the better – By Adam Harris

Fifty years later: Guyana is changing for the better

Guyana 50th Anniversary Logo

Guyana 50th Anniversary Logo

Opinion - commentary -analysisMay 22, 2016 | By KNews | Filed Under Features / Columnists, ADAM HARRIS

The past few days have brought a lot of recollection from me. In another few days it would be fifty years since Guyana became independent. It would also be fifty years since I joined the world of work. Those were the days when travelling was not as easy as it is today.

I spoke about travelling to Linden. The Soesdyke-Linden Highway was about to be constructed so the communities along the highway were not there. Of course there was a trail, but the conditions were such that people only say jungle. I remember when they were clearing the trail they found an aircraft that had disappeared during the Second World War.

This was just a short distance from Atkinson Field, the airport that was there at the time. Search and Rescue was not what it was today, but it was surprising that a plane going down so close to the airport could not have been found.   Continue reading

Spirit of a nation showcased at Independence Jubilee

Spirit of a nation showcased at Independence Jubilee

 After months of anticipation, Guyanese ushered in the country’s 50th Independence with great emotion as the fifty foot Golden Arrowhead was, for the second time this year, hoisted in the air amidst much fanfare.

And while the atmosphere was not quite as energetic as it was on February 23, there was still an immense feeling of pride among the majority of people in the massive crowd.

Over 20,000 Guyanese flocked the newly built D’Urban Park to celebrate this historic event and among them, many expressed great pride to have been able to witness Guyana at 50 and the celebrations that were hosted to usher it in.   Continue reading

Patriotism returns! – Guyana celebrates Republic Day at Durban Park

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Part of the massive crowd at the ceremony

THE word “patriotism” could barely do to describe the level of pride and joy which filled the hundreds of Guyanese who flocked the Jubilee Stadium for the Republic Day Flag Raising Ceremony yesterday. The ceremony, which was held at 17:00 hrs, was an interesting change to the early- morning affair usually held at the Public Buildings.

This time of day created the perfect setting for all to indulge in the mighty energy which enveloped the crowd during the raising of the gargantuan 50 x 30 foot Golden Arrowhead.  Continue reading

Artist donates replica of flag to Guyana consulate in NY – By Tangerine Clarke

Artist donates replica of flag to Guyana consulate – 

By Tangerine Clarke – Caribbean Life -NYC

Jonathan Locke

Jonathan Locke

A skillfully crafted replica of Guyana’s national flag – the Golden Arrowhead, now hangs on the wall of the Guyana Consulate of New York, thanks to the generosity of Jonathan Locke, a son of the soil.   Enlarge this image

Locke, a recipient of the Certificate of Excellence for Home & Office Cabinetry from the Association of American Institution of Architects, presented the three feet tall, five feet wide wooden artwork to Consul General Brentnold Evans during a recent reception in Manhattan.  Continue reading