With the PLP celebrating some fifty years in existence, members and supporters of the Progressive Labour Party gathered for a “Thank You” party on Saturday night [Feb 9] at the BIU Hall.
The evening kicked off with the Gombeys entertaining the crowd, which was followed by little speech about the history of the Gombeys.
DJs played music throughout the night, and there was free food on offer including baked chicken, rice, and macaroni & cheese. Both a donation box and PLP membership forms were available.
The evening started off with many of the older party stalwarts in attendance, and towards the end of the night there was a higher presence of the younger party members.
There were a host of PLP members present including, but not limited to, Opposition Leader Marc Bean, MP Derrick Burgess, MP Zane DeSilva, MP Dennis Lister, MP Wayne Furbert, MP Lovitta Foggo, MP Lawrence Scott, MP Walter Roban, MP Walton Brown, MP David Burt, MP Rolfe Commissiong and Senators Marc Daniels, Renee Ming, and Diallo Rabain.
The PLP was founded in 1963, and won their first General Election in 1998. They ruled for fourteen years, before being defeated at the polls by the One Bermuda Alliance in December 2012.
The Party will also be hosting its 50th Annual Founders’ Day Luncheon & Drum Major Awards this Sunday [Feb 17] at the Fairmont Hamilton Princess. Beginning at 2pm, the afternoon will feature Guest Speaker, Mr. Eugene Johnston.
Mr. Johnston is a young lawyer, whose workload has had an emphasis on public law, constitutional matters, and human rights. Mr. Johnston is also well known for speaking in various forums on the subjects of African culture, racism and white supremacy and its current impact, and on black economics and empowerment.
A statement from the PLP said, “Following Mr. Johnston’s address, Drum Major Awards will be given out to various recipients. These drum majors are members of the community that have worked tirelessly in the community. The PLP has annually honored some of these members of the community for their contribution.
“There will be remarks from various Party members and the afternoon will also feature entertainment. Tickets to attend this luncheon are $65 for general tickets and $130 for Patron tickets. There are corporate packages available for $1500. Tickets are available by contacting PLP Headquarters at 292-2264 or by visiting Headquarters.
“Members of the public are also invited to worship with the Party at St. Paul’s A.M.E. Church at 11a.m. on this same day as we celebrate our 50th Anniversary. We invite everyone to come out and celebrate 50 years of the Progressive Labour Party with us on Sunday, February 17th.”
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