Premier David Burt’s Cup Match Message

August 1, 2017

[Premier David Burt's Cup Match message]

Cup Match is a uniquely Bermudian holiday that we celebrate on the Thursday and Friday before the first Monday in August. We are reminded that the first day, Emancipation Day, commemorates the emancipation of slaves, and marks the end of the legal slave trade in Bermuda. The second day is Somers Day, recognizing Sir George Somers whose ship, the Sea Venture, was wrecked in Bermuda in 1609.

In the weeks before the holiday, we declare our allegiance to a side and defend it relentlessly. We light-heartedly tease others about their team’s prowess on the field while we defend our team’s position and track record. We are diehard supporters, no matter the game’s outcome.

As we prepare to celebrate this Cup Match, we do so against the backdrop of the two lives we recently lost to violence. While we engage in this week of activities, let’s be mindful to keep the families of these young men in our thoughts and prayers.

Premier David Burt Cup Match Message Bermuda August 1 2017

As a Government, we will dedicate our resources to combating violence and anti-social behavior. As a community, we must work together to harness our strengths and energy, to help those who are entrenched in a lifestyle that cultivates acts of violence, by putting in place the right support systems that will provide young men and women with hope.

As we move forward as a country, it is the Cup Match spirit of unity that we must embrace. We may not always agree; however, I maintain that we all want the same thing, a better and stronger Bermuda.

My family is looking forward to the holiday. We encourage our overseas guests to visit during Cup Match because we love being at the field soaking up the atmosphere and sharing the best of Bermuda with extended family and friends. Some of us are travelling, some camping, some may be at the beach while others relax in their air-conditioned homes, watching or listening to the Match.

No matter what you do during this holiday, have fun. Be happy. Celebrate being a Bermudian in the spirit of love and unity.

Happy Cup Match Bermuda! May the better team win!

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  1. Wish they would change Somers Day to Sally Bassett Day.
    Its a slap in our Ancestors face to have George Somers associated with Emancipation of Slaves in Bermuda.
    WTF !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Justin says:

      I want to reinstate the queen’s B-Day holiday. Aren’t we still a colony? WTF?!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Zevon says:

      Why? Are you trying to rewrite history again?

    • Hey says:

      I think one day should be Wilberforce day, and the other Somers Day.

    • Hey says:

      One day is to celebrate one part of our history, and the other day is to celebrate another part of our history.

    • Sittin back laughin says:

      Agreed. We still praising their bs.

    • Jus' Wonderin' says:

      Alllllllll by yourselfffffff!

    • One Who Escaped says:

      What an idiotic statement! Do you even know about Brmuda’s history of settlement?

  2. Rada Gast says:

    “Celebrate being a Bermudian”. Everyone else, do not celebrate.

  3. frank says:

    That is a good idea

  4. Hurricane says:

    Thank you to our leader. The better team (SOMERSET) will win.

  5. puzzled says:

    Let it go Chris.

  6. Bermuda needs you! says:

    George Somers is part of our history. White and black history is intertwined whether you like it or not. The only slap in the face I see are your constant, small minded, hateful posts

  7. ROGER LAMBERT says:

    THANK YOU LEADER BURT & MAY YOU, YOUR FAMILY & BERMUDA HAVE A BERMUDAFULL CUP MATCH HOLIDAY TOO. UP SOMERSET!!!:):).

    I HAD & HAVE FAITH IN THE MAJORITY OF MY BERMUDA PEOPLE TO CARE FOR BERMUDA THUS ONE REASON WHY I WANT INDEPENDENCE. I DON’T CARE FOR NAMING & RENAMING EVENTS OR HOLIDAYS WHILE STILL A COLONY, BUT THEN SOME NEED ANOTHER WAY TO HAVE CONFIDENCE & VOTE “YES”.

  8. Mary says:

    My Burt emancipate your fellow Bermudians from preserve marraige and Wayne