St. James MC To Make Special Jamaica 60 Spirit Of Independence Awards

The St. James Municipal Corporation will be recognizing outstanding individuals and institutions from across the parish at its Independence Day Flag Raising and Civic Ceremony, on Independence Day, Saturday August 06, 2022.

The event which is scheduled at start at 10 am in Sam, Sharpe Square Centre under the theme “Jamaica 60: Reigniting a Nation for greatness” forms part of activities making Jamaica’s diamond jubilee celebrations as an independent nation.

“The Spirit of Independence-Jamaica 60” awards will recognized citizens and or institutions for their contribution towards the parish’s development  in the fields of National Security, Commerce & Industry, Education, Journalism/Media, Agriculture, Sports, Tourism , Arts & Culture, Health and Community Service.
Chairman of the St. James Municipal Corporation and Mayor of Montego Bay, Councillor Leeroy Williams is upbeat about the awards ceremony as he said it will truly reflect the theme of Jamaica 60 celebrations which is “ Jamaica 60: Reigniting a Nation for Greatness”.
Mayor Williams said “the St. James Municipal Corporation is joining Jamaica and Jamaicans in celebrating the 60th anniversary of independence and we are moving to make the flag raising and civic ceremony and awards a very memorable occasion. I have mandated members of the Spirit of Independence-Jamaica 60 awards committee to ensure that persons and or institutions selected are beyond question. We must ensure that those who are recognized, especially this year, are most deserving”.
Meanwhile, Chairman of the Civic and Community Affairs Committee at the St. James Municipal Corporation, Councillor Dwight Crawford is assuring members of the public that the awards ceremony will be a grand affair.
“The planning committee has been working and has been putting the many pieces together to make this ceremony an event not to be missed. We will have the usual Independence Day messages from the nation’s leaders, we will have entertainment and most importantly, we will be recognizing ten individuals and or institutions whose contribution towards the development of St. James has been outstanding”, Councillor Crawford said.

Nomination forms for the Spirit of Independence-Jamaica 60 Awards can be collected from the St. James Municipal Corporation’s Public Relations Offices and must be properly completed and returned to that office no later than Wednesday July 20; 2022.The Nomination and Selection Committee is advising that no late nominations will be accepted.

Forms can also be downloaded from the resources page of the Municipal Corporation’s website: All completed forms must be returned to: Public & Community Relations Unit on St. James Municipal Corporation, 19a Union Street, Montego Bay. 

The Spirit of Independence-Jamaica 60 Civic and Flag Raising Ceremony is returning to Sam Sharpe Square for the first time since 2019-this due to COVID-19.

The Flag raising ceremony which will be done by Custos of St. James, Bishop Conrad Pitkin will take place at 9 am following which the usual pomp and pageantry to include marching band and a march pass will take place ahead of the start of the Civic ceremony at 10 am.