It was an evening filled with cultural presentations, entertainment from top local artistes and the finest of Kittitian/Nevisian cuisine.
The local organizing committee crowned the opening festivities with a 10 minute fireworks display that painted the skies, as delegates and invited guests looked on with great pleasure.
The Featured Address was delivered by the Prime Minister of St. Kitts Dr. Denzil Douglas who stressed the importance of the Commonwealth, not only here in St. Kitts and Nevis but globally.
Remarks were also made by the Minister of Sport, Mr. Glen Phillip who spoke about the significance of the Commonwealth Games, to the federation of St. Kitts and Nevis. Amongst those in the audience was the veteran sprinter Kim Collins, who was the 2002 Commonwealth Games 100m champion.
Also addressing the dignitaries in attendance was Mr. Alphonso Bridgewater, President of the local Commonwealth Games Association and also the National Olympic Committee.
Bridgewater stressed the importance of hosting the General Assembly here and he pointed out some of the benefits that could result with a sound economic impact, especially in the tourism sector.
Later in the evening the delegates were treated to some local performances from Masud Sadiki, who delivered two of his original pieces. Also taking the stage was the Liamuiga Folk Singers who thrilled the audience with old folk tunes from St. Kitts and Nevis.
Folklore troupes such as the Masquerades and mock Jumbies also wowed the crowd with their lively performances.
The evening’s proceedings were chaired by the Vice President of the local Commonwealth Games Association, Dennis Knight.
The CGF General Assembly will takes place on Friday 11th November at the St. Kitts Marriott Hotel Ballroom.