Sir Cliff, a long-time resident of Barbados, received his prestigious Barbados Golden Jubilee award at the Cliff Beach Club from Minister of Tourism and International Transport, Hon. Richard Sealy and the British High Commission.
From his first visit to Barbados in the late 70s, Sir Cliff fell in love with the island and decided to call it home back in 2010.
The 50th awards were originally presented last October at a sold-out gala event held at the renowned Savoy Hotel on the Strand in London to celebrate Barbados’ 50th Anniversary of Independence by Barbados Prime Minister Freundel Stuart, Sir Garfield Sobers, National Hero of Barbados and the Commonwealth Secretary-General, Her Excellency, the Rt. Hon Patricia Scotland.
British High Commissioner, His Excellency, Guy Hewitt mentioned at the presentation, “The 50th Jubilee awards was introduced to recognise the outstanding contribution of the Barbadian diaspora. The inclusion of Sir Cliff Richard OBE, a long-standing resident of Barbados for more than 25 years, reflects his love and commitment to Barbados.”
Living on a wonderful estate called Sugar Hill, Sir Cliff enjoys watching the evening sunset while enjoying an ice-cold rum punch. While celebrating his 58th anniversary in the music business this year, Cliff Richard is indisputably Britain’s all-time greatest hit-maker – the ultimate pop star. No other UK band or solo artist is even close to equaling his 101 album releases, 123 single hits, or can claim to have occupied a place in our charts for the equivalent of over 20 years.
During the presentation, Sir Cliff said, “Life doesn’t have to pull you here and there. Just think Barbados and it will slow things down for you.”
He also reminisced on his first visit to Barbados, when he said, “My friends and I used to drive down from Polo Ridge to the old Sandy Lane Hotel and often stopped, on the way, to watch the kids playing cricket at the side of the road, all trying to be the next Gary Sobers.”
Minister of Tourism and International Transport, Hon. Richard Sealy made the presentation to Sir Cliff and congratulated him on receiving the Jubilee award.
Minister Sealy said, “As we celebrate our 50 years, we acknowledge Sir Cliff for his tireless contribution and everything he has done for our island. He has a longstanding relationship with us and he has also introduced many of his friends to Barbados to experience what it has to offer.
At this moment, Barbados is his home and this is now where his heart resides. We therefore, also want to encourage him to keep up the good work and on behalf of the Government of Barbados, we want to genuinely say thank you.”
Other awardees included business ambassador Karen Blackett; former West Indian cricketer and physician the late Dr ‘Bertie’ Clarke; Barbados football captain Emmerson Boyce; historian Prof. Richard Drayton; former West Indian cricketer opener Gordon Greenidge; Battle of Britain pilot the late Wing Commander Aubrey Inniss; symphony conductor Dr Wayne Marshall; The late Sir Roy Marshall; the first black military officer and professional outfield footballer the late Walter Tull; songstress Heather Small from M People; champion racehorse trainer Sir Michael Stoute; author Andrea Stuart; renowned broadcaster Dr Moira Stuart; and the first black bishop in the Church of England, the Rt. Rev Wilfred Wood, KA.