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Governor General Sir Elliott Belgrave, who is widely regarded as being of the people, is
officially stepping down from office within the next week, after five years in office. The
government official who has built up reputation as one who speaks his mind, offers advice and demonstrates leadership will be greatly missed. A fitting farewell for the beloved statesman was provided at the The Cathedral Church of St.Michael and All Angels ( commonly known as The St.Michaels Cathedral). The large audience included officials from both sides of the political divide with Prime Minister Freundel Stuart, OppositionLeader Mia Mottley and other members of the cabinet among the attendees.
Students from schools in the parish of St. Michael were among the congregation and also
some from his alma mater, Boscobel Primary School. Their presence at the ceremony was
especially heart-warming for him. This is not the first time he has expressed this delight he
derives from children. He has previously shared, “I take great delight in visiting the centenarians. . . . I think my paying attention to the centenarians and to the children is one of the principle reasons I was appointed to this office which I regard as a great honour.”
The talented musicians of the Royal Barbados Police Force and the cathedral’s organist John Bryan provided the accompaniment for selected hymns that were included in the farewell
Sir Elliott spoke about his time in office. “I came to this high office with the intention of
serving only three years, I have been here since 2012, and of my own free will and volition I have decided to demit office at this time; please know I have tried my very best to serve the State and all the people of Barbados. I hope that I have not let anyone down. If I have somehow disappointed anyone, I tender my sincerest apologies for so doing. With these few remarks I seek your leave to retire with Loretta, my wife of over 54 years,” he said.
The service was opened to the general public without restriction and he described this as necessary to reciprocate the love and kindness that he had experienced during his time in office. Sir Elliott was appreciative of the members of the public who took the time to attend the celebration.
Cathedral Dean Dr. Jeffrey Gibson was filled with praises for the outgoing official. In his
address Gibson highlighted the manner in which he personified the attributes described in the
Fourth Beatitude. He added, “You have constantly reminded people that anyone in this
country can start the process and attain the goals of what one wants to achieve.” The dean revered him for embracing his roots. He viewed this as an indicator that he consistently remained committed to his community.
No announcement has been made to date on his replacement.
A fitting farewell
for the beloved statesman
Sunday 25th June 2017 - The Cathedral Church of St.Michael and All Angels, Bridgetown, Barbados.
A fitting farewell for the beloved Statesman.
Governor General Sir Elliott Belgrave, GCMG, KA giving his farewell speech, while standing behind him at right is his Aide-de-Camp Captain Ashton Caddle and at left The Very Reverand Dr,Jeffrey D. Gibson.
( All Photography by David Crichlow )