Ten individuals receive national honours

Businessmen Martin Ellis Franklin and George Ryan have been conferred with Knighthoods.

The two, one of whom is well known to the Antigua and Barbuda public were bestowed these honours during the country’s ceremonial parade on Independence Day.

George Ryan, the most of the two, was recognised for his contribution to business and community service and received the Knight Commander of the Most Distinguished Order of the Nation (KCN).

In his citation, the speaker noted that Ryan has assisted in the construction of several government buildings which are still standing today.

He was born in Montserrat and at the age of 16 moved to Antigua where he later would establish himself as a construction tycoon, building a number of churches and schools in Antigua and Barbuda.

AUDIO – Ryan on knighthood

Meanwhile, Franklin was awarded the Knight Grand Cross of the Nation (KGCN) for his contribution to economic development, heritage restoration, business and community service.

Among his achievements is donating two million dollars to the restoration of the Government House, one million dollars of his own money to the Barbuda efforts and making available annual scholarships for Antiguans and Barbudans.

Franklin who is an economic envoy for the county is also responsible for the total restoration and refurbishment of the Fiennes institute donating a whopping three million dollars.

AUDIO – Franklin on knighthood

The knighthood is Antigua and Barbuda’s second highest award. Only the National Hero award is above it.

Meanwhile, health officials Chief Medical Officer Dr Rhonda Sealey Thomas and Dr Dane Abbott were among the ten nationals who were awarded honours at the ceremonial parade on Thursday.

The CMO and Gynecologist Dr. Abbott were conferred the honour of Officer of the Most Illustrious Order of Merit (OM) for contributions in healthcare. That same honour was awarded to now Educator and Principal of the Princess Margaret Secondary School Dr. Colin Greene and Lornette King-Francis of the Girl’s Brigade an educator for more than 40 years.

The other awardees included; Hotelier Robert “Rob” Barrett he is now Commander of the Most Distinguished Order of the Nation (CN), for his contribution in the field of tourism and community service; while Janet Oliver Bachelor-Francis and Eileen Vanessa Francis, were named Officers of the Most Precious Order of Princely Heritage (OH).

Bachelor Francis for her contribution to cultural development and community service and Francis for her contribution to music.

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