Festivals Commission Apologizes for Stage Collapse

The Antigua and Barbuda Festivals Commission has issued an apology to the eight high schools who could not participate in last night’s school panorama competition because of technical difficulties.

The 2016 Junior Independence panorama competition was unexpectedly brought to a halt last evening after a portion of the stage collapsed.

The technical glitch occurred moments after the junior division vied for the prestigious championship, which left the senior division without a stage to perform.

Stage technicians assessed the situation and advised that the show be discontinued for the safety of the students and a decision was made by officials from the Antigua and Barbuda Festivals Commission, the Pan Association and school principals to postpone the competition until Monday, October 31st.

Chairman of the Festivals Commission, Maurice Merchant said it will begin at 6pm and told those in attendance that it will be free of cost. Eight high schools will compete on Monday.
Meantime, the Villa Primary School retained their title for yet another year as they copped the top spot with their rendition of “Sounds of Steel” by Set-on.

The 1st runner up position went to the Green Bay Primary who played ‘Bet’ by Ricardo Drue,  and in the 2nd runners up position, the judge’s chose Willikies Primary who played their rendition of ‘Things’ by Claudette Peters. A total of eight primary schools performed at the nigh of the show.

News Reporter

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