Her Excellency, Governor Lisa Phillips, hosted the annual Garden Party to celebrate Her Majesty the Queen’s Birthday, at Plantation House, on Saturday, 17 June.

Invited guests included Government Officials, influential members of the community, the Prince Andrew School Student Council, and many others. Live music was provided by the ‘Get Togethers’ Orchestra.

At 3pm, Governor Lisa took to the podium to deliver her customary Queen’s Birthday speech which this year was inspired by the late Margaret (Cathy) Hopkins MBE and the relationship between St Helena and the United Kingdom.

Governor Lisa said:

“My call today is for us to recognise the linkages between St Helena and the UK, and the UK and St Helena. We are partners in a relationship which thrives on each other. When you look at the full breadth of the relationship, it’s not one of dependency. It’s mutually reinforcing. It’s vibrant, alive, and very much going strong. We exist together even though we are separated by thousands of miles. Let’s celebrate it as such.”

Following her speech, Governor Lisa presented Ivy Yon and Tony Leo with their MBE awards and also Vyona (Lolly) Young with a BEM. Dean Gonsalves, Paul Scipio, Craig Scipio and Ian Prickett were presented with Acts of Bravery awards for their contribution in saving Frankie Gonsalves who was attacked by a shark at Ascension Island. Finally, Badges of Honour were awarded to Tony Clingham and Robert Crowie of the St Helena Police Service as well as Giselle Richards and Anthony Thomas for their contribution to business on St Helena.

Member of the PAS Student Council, Regan Backhouse, also gave a speech on the day where she spoke about the partnership between St Helena’s current society and its youth.

She said:

“I believe as a developing society we need to be constantly asking ourselves what we are doing to inspire and encourage our youth. There are so many skilful young minds out there that are disengaged and are lacking in future ambition. I tell you this today, not only to display my great concern over the disconnection that exists between our present and future societies but also to instil a sense of hope and inspiration within you to help change this fact.”

The Queen’s official birthday celebrations at Buckingham Palace also took place on Saturday.

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SHG
20 June 2017