Nelson’s Dockyard 60th anniversary will see year-long celebration, as National Parks recognizes community figures

The National Parks Authority will be marking another major milestone, and will be using an entire year to celebrate the occasion, as it recognizes key figures in the English Harbour community.

Sixty years ago, the gates of the Nelson’s Dockyard reopened as the centre of Caribbean yachting in a stunning historical setting.

To celebrate this long history, the Authority will pay tribute to the Antiguans and Barbudans who played a pivotal role in bringing the Dockyard to international prominence as the premier yachting destination in the Caribbean.

According to the Authority, “Activities to observe the occasion will be held under the theme ‘Carved into History, Anchored by Community.’”  These will begin on Sunday, November 14,  with a service of thanksgiving at the Baxter Memorial Methodist Church in English Harbour.

A conscious effort will be made to tell the stories of the talents and efforts of community members who have contributed, in all spheres,  to the development of the Dockyard.

As influential English Harbour residents are highlighted over the months, special attention will be paid to the unique skills of bead workers whose souvenir pieces are celebrated and sought after up to today.

Those who shared their talents in the yachting industry through joinery, varnishing, and sail making – which they have honed into meaningful professions – will also be recognized for “their invaluable contribution to the history and preservation of the Dockyard and the National Park.”