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Premier sends Bermuda Day message

Michael Dunkley, the Premier

Michael Dunkley has extended Bermuda Day well wishes to all and urged people to celebrate the island’s “special and unique” culture and heritage.

The Premier said in a statement: “This truly is one of the most exciting times of the year for us. Celebrating our unique heritage with family, friends and the special people we meet throughout the day are all part of the memorable experience that is Bermuda Day.

“Bermuda truly is a rich mosaic of people, cultures, and traditions. This year’s theme, ‘A Tapestry of Cultures’ couldn’t be more fitting as we have very strong roots and influences from around the world.

“It’s this broad spectrum of diversity that has contributed to who we are today. Yet while our influences are varied, our heritage is uniquely Bermudian.

“On Bermuda Day, we have so much to be proud of and so much to celebrate. It’s an occasion to showcase those signature traditions which are distinctly Bermudian — our colourful and energetic Gombeys, our one of a kind Bermudian cuisine and of course our unique and vibrant people.”

Cycling and running races were scheduled for this morning, with the parade due to begin at 1.30pm from Marsh Folly Road.

Mr Dunkley continued: “Today let’s embrace our national pride, let’s embrace one another and let’s embrace all the qualities which make us special. No matter what our differences, let’s remember that it’s our shared experiences as Bermudians that bind us together.

“I wish to extend special thanks to the Department of Community and Cultural Affairs who have once again put in tremendous work, effort and coordination into making this year’s Bermuda Day celebrations a memorable one.

“To everyone celebrating today — whether you’re running in the half marathon, going for your first swim of the year, attending the dinghy races, watching the parade or dancing with the Gombeys — however you choose to spend it, on behalf the Government I extend my best wishes for a safe and wonderful holiday!”