“The Lord has been the people’s guide for past 300 years. With him still on the people’s side, we have no doubts or fears.”
Prime Minister Freundel Stuart Tuesday night reminded guests at the Evening of Nostalgia held at Ilaro Court, of those lines from the National Anthem and urged them to hold fast to them as Barbados celebrates 50 years of Independence.
“As we look back over those 50 years, we have to confess that the confidence we placed in our people 50 years ago and the confidence we place in God as we embarked on this journey was justified,” he said.
“Our National Anthem reminded us over the last 50 years that the Lord has been the people’s guide for the past 300 years and with Him still on the people’s side, we have no doubts or fears. And that is what defines Barbados and Barbadians. We have no doubts or fears, our size not withstanding,” Stuart said.
He urged all to continue to create a Barbados that future generations could be proud of. “As I have had to say over and over again, the battles we have fought and won over the last 50 years have already been fought and won, and what should concern us now, is what we do for Barbados over the next 50 years.
“I urge you to do what is required to pass on to future generations a Barbados of which they can be proud and a Barbados they can help preserve,” he said.
The Prime Minister also left those in attendance to think on three questions to which, he said, the answers would help in creating a better Barbados.
“What are those features of Barbadian life that we have lost and need to retain? What are those features of Barbadian life that we have not lost and need to retain? What are those features of Barbadian life that we have not lost but we need to discard as soon as possible?”
The Evening of Nostalgia, an event on the official list of celebrations for the 50th anniversary of Independence, allowed patrons to mix and mingle with Cabinet ministers, permanent secretaries, other government officials and many more persons, while feasting on many local delicacies.
Stuart thanked them all for coming out to enjoy the evening at his official residence. “As you are aware, Barbados over the last year, since the sixth of January, has been celebrating very effectively, 50 years of Independence.
“On the 30th of this month, those celebrations will climax. This evening of elegance is just another item on a calendar of many events which began on the sixth of January 2016. Barbados has a lot to celebrate.”
Those in attendance, some visiting from overseas, also danced the night away to the sounds of 2 Mile Hill and the Troubadours.