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Lalgie officially vacates ageing Government House

Government House (File photograph)

Rena Lalgie, the Governor, has formally moved from Government House on Langton Hill along with her family and staff.

She went into temporary accommodation last year after the deteriorating building, which dates back to the 19th century, was deemed unsafe.

A post on social media over the weekend stated that the Governor and staff had “temporarily relocated to a property in Paget”.

The extent of the decline at Government House was revealed in March 2022 when Walter Roban, the home affairs minister, detailed its water damage from leaking roofs and faulty windows during a debate in the House of Assembly.

At that time, Mr Roban said long-term repairs to the building would entail “substantial capital investment”.

Government House, built in an Italian style using imported stone, was completed in 1892. It underwent a major renovation in 1999.

The residence has more than 30 rooms and stands upon 33 acres of open space overlooking North Shore in Pembroke.

The Royal Gazette reported last September that “urgent works” were required to render the building safe.

Ms Lalgie would be housed elsewhere at the Government’s expense in keeping with the island’s obligations to provide accommodation for the Governor.

A post online on Saturday said that Government House staff could be contacted during business hours from Monday through Friday between 8.45am and 5pm at 292-3600 or by e-mail at governmenthouse@gov.bm.

In the event of emergencies concerning British nationals outside of normal business hours, the executive officer can be reached at 335-0865 or executiveofficer@gov.bm.

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Published February 26, 2024 at 7:56 am (Updated February 26, 2024 at 7:56 am)

Lalgie officially vacates ageing Government House

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