Sunshine Awards recognises the late Sir Selvyn Walter as a ‘Friend of the Arts’

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Sir Selvyn A Walter received the nation’s second highest award when he was conferred with Knight Commander of the Most Distinguished Order of the Nation (KCN). He is pictured with former Governor General, Dame Louis Lake-Tack. (File photo)
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The Leadership and Executive of the United Progressive Party (UPP) said it is pleased and proud to congratulate Catherine Lady Walter and her family as the late Sir Selvyn Walter is honoured by the prestigious Sunshine Awards.

“This posthumous honour recognises Sir Selvyn’s contribution to the performing arts, particularly the role he played in the founding of the great Halcyon Steel Orchestra,” the UPP said in a recent elease.

“The bestowing of this award was meant to coincide with the celebration of Halcyon’s 50th anniversary in 2021, but was delayed because of the Covid-19 situation last year.

“However, the UPP is overjoyed that the Walter family will receive it – most appropriately – during this year’s “Moods of Pan” just prior to the performance of Sir Selvyn’s beloved orchestra on Saturday night, November 26.”

Former Prime Minister and Halcyon aficionado Dr Baldwin Spencer added: “Without a doubt, this is the most fitting event and format in which to present the award.

“His daughter Althea will accept the award physically, but we know that Sir Selvyn’s spirit will be very much present at this recognition of his vision, sacrifice and commitment.”

The Party’s Leadership also takes this opportunity to express its deepest gratitude to the organisers of “Moods of Pan” who, when approached, immediately said, “Consider it done,” and it wishes the event every success.

The UPP also thanks the Sunshine Awards and its founder, Gilman Figaro, for recognising Sir Selvyn and the Halcyon Steel Orchestra and, by extension, the pan fraternity of Antigua and Barbuda.

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