Barbados at 50
Fifty years ago, a Bajan delegation gathered at Lancaster House to negotiate the Island’s independence, so it was appropriate, said High Commissioner Guy Hewitt, that the occasion of their Golden Jubilee was commemorated within the same majestic walls, in the presence of the Prime Minister of Barbados the Rt Hon Freundel Stuart, Foreign Minister Sir Alan Duncan and national hero and cricketing legend Sir Garfield Sobers.
In proposing a toast, Sir Alan Duncan spoke of the “enduring bond” between the two nations, from a shared language and legal system to common values and a shared head of state. He commended Barbados for its diversified economy and its enviable welfare system and thanked the Bajan diaspora for their contribution to British life.
In response Prime Minister Freunel pointed to the shared relationship through the Commonwealth. He noted that Britain was undergoing some foreign policy “adjustments” but said his country looked forward to deepening and expanding ties over the next half century.
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