Thursday 17 October, 2019

Strong crowd showing at PNP conference

Dr Peter Phillips on stage at the People's National Party's (PNP) annual conference at the National Arena on Sunday. (Photos: Marlon Reid)

Dr Peter Phillips on stage at the People's National Party's (PNP) annual conference at the National Arena on Sunday. (Photos: Marlon Reid)

For most of Sunday's public session of the People's National Party (PNP), the doors to the National Arena were kept locked as the venue was full to capacity.

The doors were only opened to let out those who had enough of inside, and a similar number of persons would then be allowed to enter to get a feeling of what the atmosphere was like on the inside.

And if the National Arena was full, the surrounding areas on Independence Park also had a huge amount of PNP supporters on the outside, as they strolled through the complex making themselves useful in whatever ways they could.

Those on the outside were not left out of the happenings on the inside, as large speakers and screens were placed at various locations for them to follow the action on the inside.

Lisa Hanna in high spirits on stage at the PNP annual conference.

Making themselves useful came in many forms, with some opting to dance and party to the music that broke the monotony of the many speakers.

Others took part in games of crown and anchor, dominoes and ludo, while yet others just lymed and took things easy.

According to Patrice Gillespie, who journeyed from Portland to the conference, despite not getting the opportunity to get into the National Arena, the trip was worth it.

"it nuh really matter, because at the end ah the day mi is here to support the party and that is what matters,” said Gillespie.

"All and all still, mi not really missing nothing, as everything that is happening mi hearing, so mi comfortable,” she added.

According to seller, Donovan Tulloch, the day was good for him, as the party supporters ensured that he got constant sales for his cow skin and chicken foot soup, which was sold off while party leader, Dr Peter Phillips, was speaking.

Tulloch said he also did brisk sales on other wares, such as snacks and juices.

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