The Rotary Club of Grand Cayman held its 43rd annual Christmas Tree Lighting programme in Celebration Square in George Town on Monday.
The event featured performances by the Cayman National Choir and Cayman National Orchestra, as well steel pan music by the La Pierre Family and solo Christmas songs sung by Jamesette Anglin.
Rotary Vice President Stuart Bostock gave the welcoming address instead of President Derek Haines, who, because the event had been postponed for one week due to rainy weather, was off the island.
Acting Governor George McCarthy gave the Christmas address and praised the efforts of Rotarians in Cayman.
‘They have made charity and community service a year-round commitment rather than just a seasonal one,’ he said.
Mr. McCarthy pointed out that in addition to holiday programmes like the annual senior’s Christmas party on Boxing Day, Rotarians help the community through programmes like Meals on Wheels throughout the year.
Master of Ceremonies Richard Coles invited attendees to sing along to Christmas carols such as Away in the Manger, Hark the Herald Angels sing and We Wish you a Merry Christmas.
At the end of the programme, the many children in attendance got to visit with Santa Claus and sit on his lap for photos and sweets.