Royal treatment for marine institute

Supporters of the Central Caribbean’s Marine Institute’s research centre in Little Cayman indulged in a royal feast last week to raise money for the centre. 

CCMI’s research director Carrie Manfrino welcomed the party of supporters to a dinner at Buckingham Palace in London, which was hosted by Prince Edward. 

The prince, patron of the Central Caribbean Marine Institute, in a speech at the dinner praised the scientific research being carried out at the Little Cayman Research Centre and its work with young Caymanians to raise awareness of ocean-related knowledge.  

Guests dined in the sumptuous surroundings of the State Dining Room, where the menu included terrine of chicken with baby pears, Tournedos of Beef Godard and caramelised figs with Madeira on a bed of vanilla ice cream.  

Ms Manfrino thanked the prince for his continued interest in centre and explained that the institute’s goal was now to raise multi-year funding to help early career scientists pursue marine research at the facility.  

She also talked about the work being undertaken at the institute to understand the effects of climate change. 

Closer to home, the centre is holding a local fundraiser also with its annual Festival of Trees taking place in Camana Bay this week when decorated trees are sponsored by individuals and business’ and displayed prominently at Camana Bay before being auctioned at a gala dinner on Saturday, 24 November. 

This year’s Festival of Trees launched on Monday with a primary school Christmas Carol competition, Christmas Tree viewings throughout the week, from 5.30pm to 7.30pm each day until Friday, 23 November.  

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From left, supporters Paul and Paula Brazier and CCMI chairman Peter Hillenbrand, who runs Southern Cross Club in Little Cayman, share a laugh with Prince Edward. – PHOTO: SUBMITTED

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The State Dining Room at Buckingham Palace is far removed from low-key Little Cayman. – PHOTO: SUBMITTED
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