President David Granger, this morning, received a handcrafted wooden plaque from the Prime Minister of Barbados, The Right Honourable Freundel Stuart as a thank you gift for attending that country’s 50th Independence Anniversary celebration in November last year.
A press release from the Ministry of the Presidency said the beautiful piece of art was done by accomplished Barbadian artist, Mr. Ashanti Trotman and captures the Barbadian ‘tuk band’, which is similar to the Guyanese masquerade band.
Jestingly, the Prime Minister told President Granger that, “given your Barbadian ancestry, we thought we would make this presentation and say thanks to you for supporting the 50th Anniversary of our Independence.”
The President in response explained the similarities in the cultural retentions of Guyana and Barbados and said that the piece represents a historical connection between the two countries, the MOTP said.
On November 30 last year, President Granger and First Lady Mrs. Sandra Granger joined with the Government and people of Barbados in celebration of their 50th Anniversary of Independence. Additionally, as a gift to Barbados, ranks of the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) pulled off a magnificent firework display in commemoration of the historical event.