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Bahamas High Commission Celebrates 36 Years of Bahamian Independence

Image: Roland Kemp Photography

On 10 July 2009, the Bahamas High Commission in London hosted members of the London Diplomatic Corps, Bahamian Nationals and Friends of The Bahamas on the occasion of the 36th Anniversary of Independence of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas.

His Excellency the High Commissioner and Mrs. Farquharson received fellow diplomats and special guests at the formal reception held in the early afternoon. One of the special guests at the event was Miss Universe Great Britain 2009, Clair Cooper, who would be taking part in the Miss Universe 2009 Pageant in August at the Atlantis Resort in The Bahamas. She was presented with a gift by Mr. E. Tommy Thompson, Deputy Director General, Bahamas Ministry of Tourism, based in London at the Bahamas Tourist Office.

Afterwards, Bahamians and Friends of The Bahamas were invited to give thanks at the Evensong at Westminster Abbey. The Bahamian flag flew atop the Abbey and the High Commissioner read the Second Reading; this year from the gospel according to St. Matthew. Special prayers were given for the safety, security and prosperity of The Bahamas and its people.

Later on that same evening, the High Commissioner and Mrs. Farquharson welcomed a large number of Bahamians and Friends to Bahamas House for a party to celebrate Bahamian Independence. Featured at the event were a Caribbean steel band, Bahamian fare, and an impromptu performance by Cat Island's rake 'n' scrape band, The Turning Point Turners, who were in the UK to perform at the Henley Festival (8-12 July 2009).

Similar events were held in The Bahamas, in the United States, and in other parts of the world where there is a Bahamian diplomatic presence.

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