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The Dean of the Diplomatic Corps Kuwaiti Ambassador Mr Khaled Al Duwaisan, the Deputy Secretary General of the Commonwealth Ransford Smith, the High Commissioner for Antigua and Barbuda Dr Carl Roberts and the Ambassador of Honduras Mr Ivan Romero-Martinez
A steelpan band entertains the guests
Mrs Sharon Farquharson, High Commissioner Farquharson and the IMO Secretary General Mr Efthimios Mitropoulos toast Bahamas Independence Day.
Mrs Sharon Farquharson cuts the Bahamas birthday cake
The High Commissioner for St Kitts and Nevis Mr Kevin Isaac and the Ambassador of Thailand Mr Kitti Wasinondh
With palm trees, a steelpan band and rum cocktails, it could have been the Caribbean only the odd cloudburst reminded guests they were in the UK. But that didn’t dampen the spirits at this year’s Bahamas National Day. High Commissioner Paul Farquharson was joined by the IMO Secretary General and the CEO of the Bahamas Maritime Authority in raising a glass to an independent Bahamas, a proud shipping nation. Mrs Sharon Farquharson cut the birthday cake, after which the steelpan struck up a tune and High Commissioner Farquharson encouraged guests to “take their
shoes off and dance”.
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IMO Secretary General-elect Mr Koji Sekimizu and the CEO of the Bahamas Maritime Authority Commodore Davy Rolle