Governor tours the Sister Islands

| 07/11/2018
CNS Local Life

Governor Martyn Roper and his wife, Lissie, at the Little Cayman Museum

(CNS Local Life): Governor Martyn Roper spent his first weekend in the Cayman Islands touring Little Cayman and Cayman Brac. The inaugural visit began on the morning of Friday, 2 November. The governor and his wife, Lissie, along with the Chief Officer for the Ministry of District Administration, Tourism and Transport Stran Bodden, Head of the Governor’s Office Matthew Forbes and Policy Adviser Simone Eade of the Governor’s Office, first landed at Edward Bodden Airfield in Little Cayman.

District Commissioner Ernie Scott, outgoing District Officer Roger Scott, District Officer Designate Tate McFarlane and police and fire officers met the officials at the airport, stated a government press release.

The tour of Little Cayman included the Central Caribbean Marine Institute, the National Trust Visitors Centre, the police station, the Little Cayman Museum and the Education Services Centre. A public welcome reception, featuring a musical presentation by students of the Little Cayman School, was held at the Little Cayman Command Centre.

The governor and his party then flew to Cayman Brac where they were met at Charles Kirkconnell Airport by Deputy District Commissioner Mark Tibbetts, police officers, fire officers, the airport manager, veterans, seamen and cadets.

Shortly after, the group attended a reception at the Aston Rutty Civic Centre, which featured musical performances from the Layman E. Scott school choir and steel pan band. During the event, Lissie Roper was presented with a bouquet of flowers in a thatched bag. The governor was joined by Premier Alden McLaughlin and other guests for dinner that evening.

On Saturday, 3 November, Roper and his party participated in the Cayman Islands Cancer Society’s annual 5K Stride/Walk before addressing a health fair at the Cayman Brac Beach Resort.

Following the fair, the group toured several places of interest in the Brac – the Water Authority Plant, Walton’s Mango Manor, Faith Hospital, the Kirkconnell Community Care Centre, Heritage House, Le Soleil Farm and the Sports Field and new Emergency Shelter. The group’s last stop took in the Bluff and the Lighthouse.

“Lissie and I have been bowled over by the generosity of our welcome in both Little Cayman and Cayman Brac,” said Roper in the press release. “We now appreciate that the Islands have three distinct identities. What unites them is a shared history. We are both eager to learn more about the history and the future needs of these communities when we return later this year.”

See photos of Governor Roper’s visit to the Sister Islands below, supplied by GIS (click to enlarge).

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