King George IV Memorial Park was transformed into an outdoor theatre last night as residents of St Philip and surrounding parishes came out with their pillows and blankets for Movie Night.
Families, friends and couples took their spots in the colourfully lit park for an evening filled with “good ole’ community spirit”.
St Philip North Member of Parliament Michael Lashley said this was just the start to a festival of events being held in that parish for the country’s jubilee year.
“It’s a holistic approach and these activities are meant to bring the community together, really to reflect that we are moving forward in unity for the 50th year anniversary,” Lashley said, adding that the family-oriented affair is also aimed at strengthening the society.
“It’s basically our programme and our attempt to further develop community spirit and of course we’re looking in respect to events to bring families closer together, to bring the community as a whole together.”
Coordinator Hallam Gittens noted that the programme of events also aims to encourage young people in the area to get involved in positive activities.
“We’re hoping that [by] doing wholesome events…we can shape young people and give them a brighter future and allow them to understand… remove yourself from crime, from all the illicit behaviour that is happening out there and look towards giving yourself a better future.”
Activities continue tonight with a gospel concert at the King George IV Memorial Park.
“[We] cannot not start official celebrations in St Philip without having something on a spiritual element,” Lashley said. (KK)