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"Friends of The Bahamas" Welcome Reception for H.E. Eldred Bethel, High Commissioner

Photo credit: Friends of The Bahamas Association

On Wednesday 1 May 2013, Richard Moir, Co-founder and President of The Friends of The Bahamas (FOB), the premier network to promote commercial, cultural and educational relations between the Commonwealth of The Bahamas and the international community, hosted a Welcome Reception at The Caledonian Club for H.E. Eldred Bethel, High Commissioner and Mrs Dawne Bethel.

Over two hundred guests attended and were treated to a multicultural experience which included Scottish pipers, Japanese food and flower arrangements, perfume, Bahamian art and folk songs.  The 'best ever' reflects the feedback received from those who attended.  

The High Commissioner was welcomed by Richard Moir and The Chairman of The Caledonian Club.  Guests were entertained by members of the band of The London Scottish regiment and enjoyed excellent sushi provided by Matsuri a famous London restaurant.

Bahamian artist Lynn Parotti displayed some of her latest work, and Bahamian tenor Melvin Claridge provided a medley of songs culminating in a rousing rendition of 'March on Bahamaland'.

In his speech, the High Commissioner thanked Richard Moir for his pro bono work in promoting the Bahamas and organising such   high profile events.

He also encouraged the audience to think about the urban renewal initiative and to consider sponsoring or donating musical instruments for community bands and orchestras.

Penhaligon's made sure that all guests went away 'smelling of roses' and their perfume samples were greatly appreciated.

 As The Friends of The Bahamas is a 'not for profit organisation' this event enjoyed the generous sponsorship of BaharMar, The Sovereign Group and Japan central railways.

As principal sponsor, Beth Dean Pope of BaharMar invited guests to discover 'The Bahamain Riviera'.  She explained the vision and outlined progress made at the development to date.  A full scale model was on display plus an enticing video.

The Friends of The Bahamas is flourishing in London and there is a reservoir of goodwill which bodes well for future activities.

Photo Caption: (L-R) Richard Moir, Co-founder and President of The Friends of The Bahamas (FOB); Mrs Dawne Bethel; and H.E. Eldred Bethel, High Commissioner, at the Friends of The Bahamas Welcome Reception at the Caledonian Club in Belgravia on Wednesday 1 May 2013.