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The Governor, George Fergusson, formally bade farewell to the island yesterday after a ceremony in Dockyard.

Mr Fergusson, who has served as Governor since 2012, told a crowd of MPs, senior civil servants, Royal Bermuda Regiment soldiers and visitors: “When I arrived 4½ years ago, I spoke of hopes of a community that would increasingly come together, that would achieve an economic recovery and see a reduction in gang violence through the working together across agencies.

“There has indeed been progress in all of these areas. In each of them, less progress than we all would have wished, but still progress.”

He said the America's Cup would provide an opportunity to further advance these areas both in 2017 and beyond. Mr Fergusson thanked Bermuda and its people for their kindness before boarding the Norwegian Dawn. He and his wife are set to travel on the cruise ship to Boston before returning to Britain.

Deputy Governor Ginny Ferson will serve as acting governor until a permanent replacement is announced. Bob Richards, the Acting Premier, thanked Mr Fergusson for his years spent assisting the island.

“Although Bermuda is one of the smallest of diplomatic postings, it is a complex and beautiful place and it is a complex and beautiful task that you have had, but it has not always been an easy one,” he said.

He thanked the Governor and his wife, Margaret, for their community work outside of Government House, saying they would be remembered fondly by many Bermudians and Bermuda residents. Earlier, Lynn Woolridge, chairwoman of the OBA, formally thanked Mr Fergusson and his wife, saying: “Together they epitomised dedication, service and civility. We wish them all the best.”

Saluting the troops: the Governor, George Fergusson, and his wife Margaret were honoured with a departure parade in Dockyard before they left on the Norwegian Dawn (Photograph by Akil Simmons)
Addressing the crowds: the Governor, George Fergusson, told the crowd how thankful he was to Bermuda residents for their kindness (Photograph by Akil Simmons)
Years of service: the Governor, George Fergusson, and his wife Margaret wave to well-wishers as they depart Barr's Bay Park for Dockyard yesterday (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)

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Published August 02, 2016 at 7:15 pm (Updated August 03, 2016 at 7:40 am)

Governor says a fond farewell to island

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