Stamp of approval marks 400th anniversary
A series of stamps were launched to mark the 400th anniversary of Bermudaís Parliament yesterday.
Politicians past and present gathered outside the historic St Peterís Church, in St George, where the Governor, Nathaniel Butler, convened the first sitting in 1620.
Dennis Lister, the Speaker of the House of Assembly, told the crowd that the stamps, depicting images associated with Bermudaís assembly, were part of a string of moves to acknowledge the anniversary.
Others include a youth parliament debate in September, an art competition and a debate on the theme ďBermuda: future mattersĒ.
Mr Lister said St Peterís Church had played ďan incredibly significant role in the origin of parliamentary democracy in BermudaĒ.
He added that the gavel he uses at the House of Assembly in Hamilton was made from a cedar tree that still exists in the churchyard of St Peterís.
Senate president Joan Dillas-Wright, Cabinet Office minister Wayne Furbert and St Georgeís mayor George Dowling also delivered speeches on the significance of the occasion, while former Speakers Dame Jennifer Smith and Randy Horton were among those in attendance.
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