Massive show of support for PM Harris’ 25th anniversary celebrations’ motorcade

Peter Ngunjiri:   

PM Harris (centre) with a member of the Planning Committee for the 25th
Anniversary Celebrations Mr William Phillip (right) and Mr Mervin Hanley of
THG Network.

BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, December 3, 2018 (PLP PR Media Inc.) — Hundreds from Constituency Number Seven and the country on a whole turned out to join in a huge motorcade that was part of a calendar of events as the constituency celebrates 25 years of quality service rendered by their Parliamentarian, Prime Minister Dr the Hon Timothy Harris.

The hugely supported event which took place on Saturday December 1, saw the motorcade snake its way from the historic Black Rocks in Bellevue through the length and breadth of the constituency and right into Cayon (which is outside the constituency), and tuning back to Bourryeau Gate. At the Bourryeau Strip right opposite Fraites Bakery was a Youth Concert that was to start as from 7:00 pm.

Prime Minister Harris, who is also the National Political Leader of the Peoples Labour Party (PLP) one of the three parties in the Team Unity Administration, was at the starting point quite early where he mingled with the excited constituents and other visitors to the historic Black Rocks among them a group of tourists on a guided tour bus – a converted truck.

The driver, and guide, proudly told the tourists on his bus: “This is our Prime Minister Dr the Hon Timothy Harris who is celebrating 25 years since he was elected to parliament and has successfully kept on being re-elected.” At that point the tourists tried to get a glimpse of him with some thrusting theirs hands out, and the Hon Prime Minister did not left them down as he shook hands with those on the left side of the converted truck.

A team of police officers led by Inspector John Bergan of District ‘B’ were on hand to lead the motorcade, and along the way assisted in disentangling massive traffic jams that ensued especially at the entrance to Tabernacle Village as the motorcade participants re-joined the Island Main Road. Music was provided by Tension Band and Ronnie Rascal.

From Black Rocks the motorcade entered Tabernacle Village, which is Prime Minister Harris’ home village. While the Prime Minister’s official convoy was part of the larger motorcade, he was in a white medium sized SUV that had huge loud speakers mounted on top. The Honourable Prime Minister was using a mike and was along the entire motorcade route thanking his constituents for the support they would have consistently given him over the last twenty five years.

All along the route of the motorcade, villagers came out waving and many of them blowing whistles as they shouted, ‘Harris Again!’ A team of boys on bicycles welcomed the motorcade as it entered Tabernacle Village moments after a St. Kitts Scenic Railway ‘Sugar Train’ full of tourists passed on its way back to Needsmust.

“I am sure the organising committee is very much delighted by the massive show of support and solidarity we have today,” said Prime Minister Dr the Hon Timothy Harris on being interviewed by Mr Mervin Hanley, CEO of the Nevis-based THG Network at the end of the massive event. “It has been hectic but very productive, a very enjoyable experience – again grounding with the people of the constituency.”

Mr William Phillip, a member of the Planning Committee for the 25th Anniversary Celebrations tasked with the responsibility of the motorcade, said the motorcade was a huge success: “I am very happy to see the turnout. I really did not expect to see so many vehicles today. A lot of private persons and villagers who live in the constituency took their vehicles and they joined into the motorcade and that is what made it such a success.”

According to Mr Phillip, the motorcade was incident free, and he profusely thanked police officers who were fully alert and ensured that everything went on smoothly especially in controlling and directing motorists who were travelling in the opposite direction.

“I have to say thanks to all who participated for their good behaviour,” said Mr Phillip. “It was incident free and I hope that we have this for the remainder of the year – all the activities especially coming up for the Christmas activities that we have activities that are incident free. I want to thank the police officers for doing a tremendous job.”