For the sixth year Man-O-War residents came together on the school yard for their annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony. Chosen to light the tree was Tony Albury, who has just been recognized and awarded the Community Service Award for his years of service to the community.
The ceremony included primary school students who gave three vocal renditions, two churches that provided choirs and two ladies who sang solos. Twelve students, who represented Abaco in darts, judo and swimming competitions in Nassau, Freeport and abroad were recognized and given certificates of merit. Several softball players were recognized who are members of the Abaco Imaging Bulldogs, who won the title of National Softball Champions.
Chief Councillor Jeremy Sweeting gave a short talk emphasizing the Christmas spirit. He stated that the tradition of giving hams to widows in the community will happen on December 12. Administrator Preston Cunningham spoke on giving assistance to those less fortunate. Sports enthusiast Arthur Eldon kept the program moving as Master of Ceremonies. Old time music from the 60s, 70s and 80s was played by the DJ and those first to identify the vocalist were given prizes.
The ceremony closed with an impromptu choir composed of most of the men attending including Administrator Preston Cunningham and Deputy Administrator Deral Wells.
A typical Man-O-War function concludes with a spread of food and sweets prepared by the community ladies and this was no exception. This is an example of the community spirit so evident in Man-O-War. Attendance approached 100 and the weather was shirtsleeve perfect.