A Junkanoo rushout was held in West Grand Bahama over the weekend in celebration of the upcoming 50th anniversary of the nation’s independence.

Member of Parliament for West Grand Bahama and Bimini, the Hon. Obie Wilchcombe was at the event. He said, “West End remains the capital of Grand Bahama and we often times forget that. We often times forget that Sir Lynden planted the first independence tree in West End, on the park in West End.”

Wilchcombe went further stated, “so what you have now is where we’ve come back home and its always good for us to stop and think where are we, where have we gone, where have we gone wrong in certain circumstances and this allows us to reflect. And when we can jump, celebrate, dance and really, truly enjoy ourselves as Bahamians it just tells us something and I just love it all.”

Minister for Grand Bahama, the Hon. Ginger Moxey was also at the festivities and spoke with ZNS news on the sidelines. She said, we’re just excited to be celebrating our 50th year of independence, the road to 50 and just pleased with the turnout tonight. Residents of West Grand Bahama they know how to celebrate, they know how to come together and unify and I’m just so happy we’re able to do this tonight.”

The Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture, the Hon. Mario Bowleg and other government officials also attended the event.