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12 May 2012
Councillor Tara Thomas on leave in UK
Attending the Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations
St Helena Government Councillor Tara Thomas
Councillor Tara Thomas

Sinead Green, SHBC

Councillor Tara Thomas will be leaving the island on Monday 14th May on overseas leave.

Although on private leave Thomas will be attending the Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations on behalf of St Helena along with other UK Overseas Territories.  The events start on 3 June with a River Pageant of a thousand boats representing the UK, the Commonwealth and the Overseas Territories, on the River Thames, that will escort the Queen as she travels downriver.

Thomas told SHBC she was happy how things had worked out. "I'm very pleased that it was just a coincidence that I would be in the UK at this time. Because of the pressure on budgets we would have had a lot of difficulty in sending one of the overseas territories leaders. Kedell Worboys would still have been able to attend, and of course Kedell has a lot of links in the UK within the political arena there. But I think that it's nice that one of our elected members can actually be there to represent St Helena."

There will also be a Buckingham Palace Concert on the 4 June and a Thanksgiving Service on the 5th  followed by a reception lunch hosted by Foreign Secretary, William Hague.
SHBC asked Councillor Thomas how she felt about attending such a prestigious and historic event? 

"I looked at the line up for the concert and it includes Elton John, Shirley Bassey, Jules Holland, JLS... so that's probably going to be the highlight for me."

Thomas will also be visiting Shropshire as Deputy Chair for the Education and Employment Committee to meet with colleagues involved in our education sector support programme.



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