Monday 25 May, 2020

WATCH: Miss World, Toni-Ann Singh, tours St Thomas

Miss World 2019, Toni-Ann Singh (centre), greets residents outside of the Women’s Centre of Jamaica Foundation (WCJF) office in Morant Bay, St Thomas, during her tour of the parish on Sunday.

Miss World 2019, Toni-Ann Singh (centre), greets residents outside of the Women’s Centre of Jamaica Foundation (WCJF) office in Morant Bay, St Thomas, during her tour of the parish on Sunday.

Hundreds of residents lined the streets of St Thomas on Sunday to get a glimpse of the reigning Miss World 2019, Toni-Ann Singh, on her tour of the parish from which she hails.

The first stop was in Yallahs, where people were out hours before her scheduled 10am arrival time.

As the motorcade wound its way through the streets, people waved and cheered the global queen.

Speaking to the crowd from a stage mounted in Yallahs Square, Singh greeted the citizens and wholeheartedly thanked them for their support.

“I see all of you out here and my heart is just full. I cannot believe it. Thank you so much,” she said to loud cheers.

Miss World 2019, Toni-Ann Singh (centre), dances with the crowd in Yallahs Square, St Thomas on Sunday during her parish tour. She was joined by (from left) Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport Minister, Olivia Grange; her parents, Jahrine Bailey and Bradshaw Singh; and Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Miss World Organisation, Julia Morley.

She called on the residents to help her show the world that people from St Thomas are “strong”.

Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport Minister, Olivia Grange, who accompanied Singh, said it was only fitting for Miss World to conduct her first official tour in the parish from which she hails.

“We have brought your girl home. We had to make you see her live and in person,” Grange said.

Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport Minister, Olivia Grange (on stage, right), addresses the large crowd that gathered in Yallahs Square on Sunday to welcome Miss World 2019, Toni-Ann Singh (in background).​

For his part, Morant Bay Mayor, Michael Hue, said the entire parish is elated at Singh’s victory.

“She has served as an inspiration to people across this country and indeed this parish of St Thomas. Her uniqueness, her talent, her vision, her advocacy for women’s rights, are indeed special things that make Toni-Ann the special person she is,” Hue said.

“She has taken Jamaica’s name far and wide abroad. She has improved Jamaica’s name in the international community by leaps and bounds.

“Indeed, Jamaica owes Toni-Ann a debt of gratitude for her victory in becoming Miss World, and St Thomas, in particular, is very pleased and excited to welcome our own,” he added.

The motorcade then made it way to Morant Bay, where Singh visited the Women’s Centre of Jamaica Foundation (WCJF), and gave a motivational talk to adolescent mothers.

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