Music

King's House responds to Shaggy

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Print this page Email A Friend!


King's House has officially responded to claims made by reggae artiste and philanthropist Shaggy regarding the the use of the property for parking for his biennial Shaggy & Friends concert, staged to raise funds for the Bustamante Hospital for Children.

King's House, which is the official residence of the governor general is adjacent to Jamaica House where the concert has traditionally been held.

During a press conference at the hospital on Monday, Shaggy shared that one of the reasons there will be no concert in 2020 was that his team had not been able to find a suitable location. He noted that over the years the event has grown resulting in traffic congestion. One of the ways to ease the pile-up was the use of the east lawn at King's House. He revealed that while the governor general had granted the use of the lawns for the event in 2018, he received a letter stating that this space will no longer be made available for the event.

In a statement yesterday, King's House noted that it has accommodated requests from the Shaggy Make a Difference Foundation for use of the west lawn for parking over the years.

“On December 17, 2017, we received a request for the use of the east Lawn for parking for the January 6, 2018 concert. A further request was also made to cut an existing fence to allow for passage from the east lawn to the Jamaica House grounds. This action would have affected the security of both properties, and the request was denied. Nevertheless, given the circumstances regarding traffic congestion, flow, and control, a concession was made. However, the organisers were advised that in the future, the east lawn would not be available, and they would need to revert to the previous arrangements for parking, that is, the west lawn,” the statement read.

King's House added that the east lawn of the property is only used for parking for national occasions, such as the swearing in of prime ministers and the national honours and awards ceremony.


Now you can read the Jamaica Observer ePaper anytime, anywhere. The Jamaica Observer ePaper is available to you at home or at work, and is the same edition as the printed copy available at http://bit.ly/epaperlive


ADVERTISEMENT




POST A COMMENT

HOUSE RULES

1. We welcome reader comments on the top stories of the day. Some comments may be republished on the website or in the newspaper � email addresses will not be published.

2. Please understand that comments are moderated and it is not always possible to publish all that have been submitted. We will, however, try to publish comments that are representative of all received.

3. We ask that comments are civil and free of libellous or hateful material. Also please stick to the topic under discussion.

4. Please do not write in block capitals since this makes your comment hard to read.

5. Please don't use the comments to advertise. However, our advertising department can be more than accommodating if emailed: advertising@jamaicaobserver.com.

6. If readers wish to report offensive comments, suggest a correction or share a story then please email: community@jamaicaobserver.com.

7. Lastly, read our Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy



comments powered by Disqus
ADVERTISEMENT

Poll

ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT

Today's Cartoon

Click image to view full size editorial cartoon
ADVERTISEMENT