From left, Mrs Marie-Beatrice Taylor, H.E. the Governor Duncan Taylor, Maximilian Taylor, Premier Hon McKeeva Bush and Deputy Premier Hon Julianna O´Connor-Connolly at the Aston Rutty Centre in Cayman Brac
A touch of royalty was in the air over Cayman Brac and Little Cayman on Friday, 29 January, when His Excellency the Governor of the Cayman Islands Mr Duncan Taylor, CBE, came to meet the islands’ residents.
The new Governor was accompanied by his wife, Marie-Beatrice, and his son, Maximilian, along with several government officials, including Premier Hon W. McKeeva Bush, Deputy Premier Hon Julianna O´Connor-Connolly, Permanent Secretary Kearney Gomez, Education Minister Hon Rolston Anglin, District Commissioner Earnie Scott and Deputy District Commissioner Mark Tibbetts.
The group visited Little Cayman in the morning, touring the island and enjoying the tranquillity of Point of Sand, before travelling to Cayman Brac, where they toured several favourite sites prior to meeting the public at the Aston Rutty Centre on the Bluff.
Permanent Secretary Kearney Gomes, MBE, JP, Master of Ceremonies, greeted the new Governor, followed by a prayer by Mrs Levonne Ryan. Tammy DaCosta sang, “God Save the Queen.”
District Commissioner Earnie Scott, JP, welcomed the Governor and his family on behalf of the people of the Sister Islands, and Georgia Isaacs sang, “Cayman, You´ve Come a Long Way.”
Premier McKeeva Bush told the gathering how the Sister Islands “had come a long way,” pointing to the “positive” condition of the infrastructure and the Government buildings and that he is looking forward to ”a constructive, frank and open relationship” with the new Governor.
The Cayman Brac High School entertained on steel pan drums and local performer Andy Martin sang, “Hello Cayman Brac,” which caused the crowd to erupt in applause.
Deputy Premier Julianna O´Connor-Connolly welcomed the Governor, his family and all visitors to the Brac, and said she spent a wonderful day, which she will never forget.
“There is no connection like the human connection,” she said, “and I really enjoyed spending time with the Governor and his family at Point of Sand today.” This visit was not only an exercise to show appreciation for the Cayman Islands´ hospitality, said the Deputy Premier, but also to remember decades of a wonderful symbiotic relationship with the mother country.
After her speech, Deputy Premier Julianna O´Connor-Connolly and District Commissioner Ernie Scott presented a CatBoat and a Brown Booby, both made from wood, and a wind chime, produced by the Junior Achievement company, “Sea Breezes Ltd.”, to the Governor as a gift from the people of Little Cayman and Cayman Brac.
Following the presentations, Ms Sophia Johnston & Dancers presented a dance show to the audience. Governor Taylor responded, “I spent a terrific day in the Sister Islands and I am looking forward to many visits in the future to these spectacular islands.” The evening concluded with a social gathering, during which refreshments and traditional Caymanian dishes of whelks and turtle meat was served.