The Mayor and City Council (M&CC) is gearing up to celebrate the 175th anniversary of Georgetown becoming a city.
The observance is expected to take place in August beginning on the 19th with a week filled with various activities showcasing the diversity of the city. It was noted that before the weeklong festivities commence, the M&CC will engage in a clean-up exercise in the Georgetown, particularly around the Stabroek and Bourda Market areas.
Overhead View of Georgetown
According to the Employee Assistant Manager, Wesley Adams, the objectives of this initiative are “to foster a closer relationship among employees”, “provide an opportunity for the business community to showcase local produce and products, and also for the council to form alliances with critical stakeholders.”
Adams opined that through this, the council’s corporate image will be improved. “We believe such an activity is one in which we will be able to not just interact but also to foster closer relationships with society to enhance our environment, to ensure that City Council functions the way it ought to function,” the Employee Assistant Manager said. He also disclosed that the celebration entitled “city week” will be branded and “be promoted as a tourist attraction.”
The celebration begins on August 19 with a sunrise service at the St. George’s Cathedral followed by an opening ceremony at Stabroek Market Square. Some of the other activities planned include an Arts & Craft exhibition on Main Street, a health fair, cocktail reception and a beachfront party at the Marriot Hotel Guyana. It was noted that most of the funding for these activities are expected to come from sponsors.
On August 24, 1842, Queen Victoria promoted Georgetown from township to the status of the city.
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