Rose Hall celebrates 175th anniversary of town

Minister of State, Joseph Harmon took to the field to bowl the first ball to kick start the finals of the cricket tournament. (Ministry of the Presidency photo)

Minister of State, Joseph Harmon on Sunday evening congratulated the residents of Rose Hall who are celebrating the 175th anniversary of the founding of the town, which he said has become an economic hub and a pioneer for development.

A Ministry of the Presidency release said that the Minister was at the time speaking at the Final match of the Rose Hall Town ‘Green’ Economy Softball Tournament, which was organised in observance of the town’s Anniversary and the 72nd birthday anniversary of President David Granger at the Rose Hall Ground.

“This historic event was part of the formation of the village movement in which freed slaves all along the coastland pooled their resources, bought plantations and set up villages and these villages laid the foundation of nationhood for the citizens of this country. Since then Rose Hall has developed; acquiring legal status in 1908, becoming a town in 1970 and, even though being the smallest town in Guyana, has made great strides on becoming the economic hub in East Berbice-Corentyne,” Harmon said.  

This year, the release said, the town is placing emphasis on the President’s vision of a ‘green’ economy and mitigating the effects of climate change.

A section of the crowd gathered at the Rose Hall Ground for the finals of the Softball Cricket Tournament in honour of the town’s 175th Anniversary and President David Granger’s 72nd birthday anniversary. (Ministry of the Presidency photo)

“I am quite pleased that you subscribe to the President’s vision and efforts to make the country a ‘green’ pathway and to establish a ‘green’ economy in Guyana; one that sustains economic prosperity, environmental security and social wellbeing. Actions start at the individual level and so we must all play a part by taking the actions, which can aid this process”, he said.

Mahadeo Panchu, Managing Director of KSM Investments Incorporated, who was a main sponsor of the Cricket competition, supported the sentiments expressed by Harmon as he noted that a collective effort is needed by all to achieve the goal of a ‘green’ economy. In this regard, he said that the Government has his support in its pursuit of a ‘green’ agenda.

Hilbert Foster, organiser of the event, said that the Town and its residents will continue to promote initiatives, which can boost the Town’s development and as such, the President’s ‘green’ agenda is being embraced.

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