St James reaches out to young for its 200th

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YOUNG people will be put at the heart of St James, the president of the Friends of St James announced last night, as he gave a foretaste of plans to celebrate the building’s bicentenary.

Peter Niven, president of the Friends of St James, launching its 200th anniversary celebrations at Government House last night when he announced it was reaching out to the younger generation. (Picture by Steve Sarre, 19617966)

Peter Niven said that a major part of this would be its ‘Homecoming’ initiative – bringing back local young performers who have had success outside the island.

Mr Niven was speaking to guests including the Lt-Governor, Vice-Admiral Sir Ian Corder. and the Bailiff, Sir Richard Collas, at a Government House reception last night.

St James’ ‘Homecoming’ initiative will have a key role, he said, and already singer/songwriter Nessi Gomes has been booked to play a concert in February.

Another artist the council was hoping to book was multi-instrumentalist and producer Mura Masa – Alex Crossan – and he said talks had started with his agent about him performing his first gig in the island. ‘That would be a great coup for us,’ said Mr Niven.

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