Courtesy of Digicel and the KSAC
Thousands gathered in the Saint William Grant Park around a massive, brilliantly decorated 40-foot tree to witness the first real sign of Christmas being ignited in the city’s shopping district.
Mayor of Kingston, Her Worship Angella Brown Burke stood proud among her constituents, invited dignitaries and the Digicel team as they cheered for the soothing sounds of Digicel Rising Star 2013 winner, Verlando Small and helped the Hagley Park Preparatory School choir to sing the beloved Christmas carol ‘Rock Di Baby To Sleep’.
Downtown Kingston was the centre of attention for the night. Barry O’Brien, CEO of Digicel Jamaica in his welcome commented on the atmosphere of the city, describing it as “amazing”. He continued by thanking the people for welcoming Digicel into their community almost one year now and expressed his hope to, “be a part of downtown for many years to come.”
The Mayor also spoke of her beloved city; charging the communities to take the time to think about how they speak and treat each other so that, “we can turn this city around and return to a gentler city.”
Certainly a gentler atmosphere encompassed the park as parents with children perched on their neck; females on their tip toes and men standing strong held their breath when Mayor Brown-Burke; Honourable Noel Arscott, Minister of Local Government and Community Development and Barry O’Brien along with his family switched on the twinkling lights. The Christmas tree sits beautifully in the centre of the park with its carefully placed decorations and a brilliant bright red Digicel star atop.
Jahzeal Clarke, an upper six form student at the St. Andrew Technical High School and Youth Mayor for Kingston and St. Andrew said that, “The tree calls attention to the park and is representative of the light that is within Christ and is really a good reminder of the true meaning of Christmas. It is also a very pretty tree.”
Digicel will also brighten the second city when it hosts a tree lighting ceremony in Montego Bay on December 9.