Showing full support of the annual Easter Monday Coconut Festival in Pelican Point, East Grand Bahama, Free National Movement (FNM) candidates for Grand Bahama and Bimini, travelled to the eastern end of the island on Easter Monday not only to enjoy the festivities, but support the vendors selling their wares at the event.
Member of Parliament for East Grand Bahama and Deputy Leader of the FNM, K. Peter Turnquest welcomed all in attendance to the festival and later informed how important it was for he and his FNM colleagues to pledge their full support of the event by attending, and making it easily accessible for others on the island to attend as well.
“This is great, I think that it is so important that we preserve our culture and out traditions and so I congratulate this committee, Cathy Laing, Paulette Thomas and all others that were involved in making sure that the festival continues. We have brought a big contingent up today to help to support the event.
“We want to ensure that we promote this that we support it, so that it can continue. It is not only a show of support; this is how a lot of these residents in this area earn some money. We want to make sure that we do not allow this to fall in any way, in terms of the support and the significance of it. This is a beautiful day in Pelican Point, as always and the beach out here is just incredible,” stated Turnquest.
Frederick McAlpine, FNM candidate for the Pineridge Constituency was questioned how important it was for him to attend the annual event and show support for the residents of East Grand Bahama.
“It is important for me to be here, because it is a part of our culture. It has become a part of the tradition now after every Easter, to celebrate the Coconut Fest. I think it is also adding to our culture and tourism, it is also good for the eastern settlements; because it is not often that they have something like this.
“So when they do have it, it is good to support them; furthermore I am a great lover of coconuts.”
Pakesia Parker-Edgecombe, FNM candidate, West Grand Bahama and Bimini assembled with a large number of residents of the constituency that she is hopeful to soon represent, in the Pinedale area to offer bus transportation to East Grand Bahama, as well as to other locations on the island on the Easter Monday holiday.
“It was very important for us to come here, simply because I believe that the island of Grand Bahama can only thrive if we allow each other to cross barriers. By coming out of West Grand Bahama, knowing that Coconut Fest is taking place at this time, every year says that we see what you are doing in your community, we want to ensure that it is a success and that is why we are here today.”
“We have here today, five of our candidates that are coming together and basically carrying out our message throughout Grand Bahama and we are here for the people; we want to be visible and to let them know that once we are elected and we do make up the government of The Bahamas, it is all about supporting small businesses. It is about making sure that our communities are happy.
“So yes, we will leave here and go to another location, and that is what we will do throughout the entire day, because it is all about teamwork. At the end of this we want people to know that it is not just about an individualistic type of mentality; it is about supporting each other and doing what we can to help each other,” stated Parker-Edgecombe.
Iram Lewis, FNM candidate, Central Grand Bahama, noted, “ We in the FNM recognize that this is indeed a national event; it is in its 19th year right now and it is growing by leaps and bounds. This is our way of strengthening the contact and showing our support. Our slogan is, ‘It’s the people’s time,’ and it is all about the people. In Central Grand Bahama our own is ‘Empowering the people;’ this is what it is all about. We are here, to reinforce, show support and encourage them to take it to the next level.”