West prepares for 40th anniversary celebration

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BY ALFRED PAGEPITU
GIZO

PREPARATIONS for the upcoming 40th Independence Day celebration day is in full swing at the Western province capital – Gizo.

Celebrations are set to be hosted at the John F Kennedy Stadium.

The programme will start tomorrow which will include sports. Seven sporting events have been scheduled for July 7.

Stalls are being erected along the street of Gizo and at the venue of celebration.

Western Provincial Secretary Jeffrey Wickham yesterday said the Day’s celebration is being organised by the Western provincial government’s Youth and Sport Division, coordinated by the Gizo local organising committee.

Wickham said the official programme will start at 8:30am on Saturday morning with a parade; participating groups will march into the JF Kennedy Stadium.

He said the guest of honour is the province’s new premier, who will be escorted to the dais by the provincial police commander for the general salute and the singing of the country’s anthem.

“Parade commander will invite Hon Premier for parade inspection and after the inspection, colour party will march in front of the dais, and then PPC Mathias Lenialu will escort Premier to the dais.

“The blessing of the National flag will be conducted by Bishop L Capelli of the Catholic Church, and at 1pm flag raising, general salute and national anthem to be played while Premier will remain at the dais for speech.”

After the official segment, cultural dancing groups will perform for the crowd before the sporting competitions begin.

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