The Premier shared his thoughts on the landmark event with the Department of Information, Wednesday morning.
“The Premier’s Gala was an outstanding event held in my honour which was a pleasant surprise to me,” said the Hon. Joseph Parry.
Organized by the Nevis Reformation Party (NRP) Women’s Arm, the event hosted by Master of Ceremonies Mr. Stevenson Manners, was a “hot item” on the island’s social calendar, and featured a “Who’s Who of Nevis and St. Kitts society”. Over two hundred persons attended, among them the nation’s four-term Prime Minister the Rt. Hon Dr. Denzil Douglas.
In delivering his toast to the Premier, the Prime Minister invited the array of guests gathered in the Ballroom, to raise a toast, “to the man who many have dubbed the Miracle Man.”
Dr. Douglas said emphatically, “during my 16 years as Prime Minister of St. Kitts-Nevis, there had been occasions of uncertainty under the previous leadership (CCM); but with Premier Parry there is definitely a positive feeling for the future.”
His sentiments were greeted by thunderous applause from the overflow gathering which included members of the diplomatic corps, parliamentarians from both islands, business people, party stalwarts and well-wishers.
Among the dignitaries were Deputy Governor General of Nevis, His Honour Mr. Eustace John and Mrs. John; Deputy Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis, Hon. Sam Condor and Mrs. Condor; Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Hon. Patrice Nisbett, Federal Minister of Health, Hon. Marcella Liburd; Deputy Premier of Nevis, Hon. Hensley Daniel and Mrs. Daniel; Ambassador of the Republic of China on Taiwan; His Excellency Miguel Liu Jey Tsao, and Speaker of the St. Kitts and Nevis National Assembly, Hon. Curtis Martin and Mrs. Martin.
Dr. Douglas ended his toast by saying, “I pray to the Almighty God that the Hon. Joseph Parry will continue to have his blessings, will continue to have strength, health, the capacity and the support of the Nevis people to continue on the path of economic and social development”.
The feature speaker was former five-term United States Virgin Islands (USVI) senator, and boyhood friend of the Premier, Nevisian-born the Hon. Roosevelt David. In delivering his keynote address, David referred to the relationship between the current leaders of the Federal Government and the Nevis Island Administration.
“The relationship that has been fostered by the Hon. Dr. Denzil Douglas and the Hon. Joseph Parry, has created an indomitable team that is on its way to building a legacy of great magnitude,” said former Sen. David, who also reflected on his boyhood days in the village of Cotton Ground with Joseph Parry.
The night was brought to a fitting climax by then as four-time calypso monarch of St. Kitts, King Konris (Maynard), who led the well-attired patrons in a Congo Line to the tune of his heart-stopping, soca-flavoured “Unstoppable Force”, which a fortnight earlier had been judged the most popular road march song for National Carnival. The multi-talented artiste, made the audience soar, when he extempo-ed:
“ A know we gotta a lotta respect for Barack (Obama)
But do you think that he is smarter than Walcott (Parry)”
“Nooooooooo”, the crowd roared.
One year after, many who witnessed the event, are still high in praise for the NRP’s Women’s Arm for organizing the Gala which has been dubbed “one of the most outstanding events on Nevis in 2011”.