MONTEGO BAY, St James — More than 90 long-serving members of the ruling People's National Party (PNP) will be honoured at a special awards banquet today at the Montego Bay Convention Centre.
The PNP said those honourees, from the parishes of St James, Hanover and Westmoreland, have provided long, faithful and outstanding service to the party and the nation in the areas of community development and welfare, education, sports development, health care and policy making, over the past 75 years.
They include former Governor General Sir Howard Cooke, former Prime Minister PJ Patterson, former Tourism Minister Francis Tulloch, Senator Noel Sloley, former Senator Janet Madden, attorneys Clayton Morgan and Frederick Hamaty, former members of parliament Violet Neilson, Arthur Nelson, and James Thompson, Ambassador Frank Pringle and former Custos Owen Sinclair.
"This year, the People's National Party is celebrating 75 years and we have taken the decision to honour and salute those comrades who have served the party and the country well over the years. The PNP is not just a political party but national movement of people who are serious about building and developing a better Jamaica," said DK Duncan, chairman of the PNP's Region 6 and MP for Eastern Hanover.
"Many of the stalwarts who will be honoured have given yeoman's service to the PNP in various ways. Some have advocated for and achieved Independence and Universal Adult Suffrage. Others are responsible for the high level of education, which is afforded to Jamaicans, the advancement in health care and the provision of social services in western Jamaica and Jamaica on a whole. We salute them and we want them to know that their hard work is the foundation upon which this great nation was built and upon which it continues to progress," said the PNP.
PNP President and Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller will be the guest speaker at the function which will be held under theme: "Honouring Our Past... A Powerful Foundation for Today and Tomorrow".