Long-time resident & famous singer Sir Cliff Richard presented Golden Jubilee Award

Sir Cliff Richard has been recognized for his outstanding service of the Barbadian diaspora to the United Kingdom.

(L to R) Chairman – BTMI, Alvin Jemmott; CEO – BTMI, William ‘Billy’ Griffith; Sir Cliff Richard; Minister of Tourism & Int’l Transport, Richard Sealy; Perm. Scty, Donna Smith; High Commissioner, H.E. Guy Hewitt

Receiving his prestigious award at the Cliff Beach Club, Minister of Tourism and International Transport, Richard Sealy and the British High Commission honored Sir Cliff with the Barbados Golden Jubilee award. From his first visit to Barbados in the late 70s, Sir Cliff fell in love with the island and decided to call it home back in 2010.

The 50th awards were originally presented last October at a sold-out gala event held at the renowned Savoy Hotel on the Strand in London to celebrate Barbados’ 50th Anniversary of Independence. They were presented by Freundel Stuart, Prime Minister of Barbados, the Rt. Excellent Sir Garfield Sobers, National Hero of Barbados and Her Excellency, Patricia Scotland, Commonwealth Secretary-General.

The other awardees included business ambassador Karen Blackett; former West Indian cricketer and physician the late Dr ‘Bertie’ Clarke; Barbados football captain Emmerson Boyce; historian Prof. Richard Drayton; former West Indian cricketer opener Gordon Greenidge; Battle of Britain pilot the late Wing Commander Aubrey Inniss; symphony conductor Dr Wayne Marshall; The late Sir Roy Marshall; the first black military officer and professional outfield footballer the late Walter Tull; songstress Heather Small from M People; champion racehorse trainer Sir Michael Stoute; author Andrea Stuart; renowned broadcaster Dr Moira Stuart; and the first black bishop in the Church of England, the Rt. Rev Wilfred Wood, KA.

British High Commissioner, His Excellency, Guy Hewitt mentioned at the presentation that, “the 50th Jubilee awards was introduced to recognise the outstanding contribution of the Barbadian diaspora. The inclusion of Sir Cliff Richard OBE, a longstanding resident of Barbados for more than twenty-five years, reflects his love and commitment to Barbados.”

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