To celebrate Commonwealth Day 2018, the British High Commission Banjul hosted a Commonwealth “Big Lunch” at the High Commissioner’s residence in Cape Point. Guests included representatives from schools and youth groups and the event was graced by the presence of the Minister of Basic and secondary education and the Sierra Leone and Nigeria High Commissioners
The “Big Lunch” initiative was set up in partnership with the UK’s Eden Project in celebration of the Commonwealth and to coincide with the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting which will take place in London in April 2018. The aim of the initiative is to see lunches taking place in all 53 countries of the Commonwealth bringing people together to share food, have fun and celebrate their Commonwealth connections.
In her address to the assembled guests, UK High Commissioner, Sharon Wardle, spoke of how the 2018 Commonwealth Day is particularly special for The Gambia as we mark and celebrate the country’s re-entry into the Commonwealth.
The High Commissioner also talked about the theme for the upcoming Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting of “Towards a Common Future”, and how members plan to work together towards a common future that will meet the needs of all our peoples, as well as responding to the global challenges that deliver a more prosperous, secure, sustainable and fairer future for all Commonwealth citizens, particularly our young people.
The UK is looking forward to continuing the celebrations through a warm welcome to London next month for His Excellency President Adama Barrow.