Noting their “sacrifice and contributions”, Governor Martyn Roper hosted a celebration for 150 of Cayman’s seafarers at a reception last week.

Roper said the Thursday, 23 Jan. reception at Government House was to honour seafarers for all their accomplishments and contributions to Cayman.

Posting on Twitter after the event, Roper said he was “delighted” to host the seafarers, adding, “Cayman would not be where it is today without their sacrifice [and] outstanding contribution. They are a big part of Cayman’s culture, heritage and traditions. We owe them our appreciation [and] gratitude.”

Andrew Eden, Cayman Islands Seafarers Association council member and past president, said it was great to be acknowledged by the governor.

“The governor has been a great supporter of our organisation ever since he’s been on the island,” Eden said.

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Denniston Tibbetts, past president of the Seafarers Association, thanked the governor on behalf of the members for acknowledging their hard work over their lifetimes.

“I feel very privileged to be here and I feel very honoured. Our contribution hasn’t been recognised yet, but apparently now it is and I’m so grateful for that,” he said.

MLA Austin Harris also spoke at the event. “I would say that our seafarers were our first national heroes long before we even knew what that term meant,” he said.

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