National honour for Hell’s Gate Steel Orchestra

AG – The reigning Panorama champions will make history by becoming the first steelband in Antigua and Barbuda to receive a national honour.

The Cabinet, during its meeting on Thursday, decided that the Caribbean Union Bank Hell’s Gate Steel Orchestra, will be honoured during this year’s Independence celebrations in November.

The band, which hails from the Point community, was founded in 1945, and is celebrating its 75th year of existence. It is deserving of a national honour, the post-Cabinet notes resd.

In addition to the national honour, Cabinet has decided to grant the non-profit steelband a long-term lease or ownership of the parcel of land at Dredge Bay where its instruments are stored and where the band practices.

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