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DMV launches 60th Anniv. Festival license plate

-Souvenir version also available
Director of Culture Mrs Luce Hodge-Smith, winner of the art competition for the memorial license plate Mr Joseph Hodge and acting Commissioner of DMV Mr Kye M. Rymer at the official launch ceremony held at the Noel Lloyd Positive Action Movement Park June 19, 2014. Photo: VINO
Some of the attendees of the launch of the commemorative plate. Photo: VINO
Some of the attendees of the launch of the commemorative plate. Photo: VINO
Performers displaying the commeorative plate at the launch earlier today June 19, 2014. Photo: VINO
Performers displaying the commeorative plate at the launch earlier today June 19, 2014. Photo: VINO
Present at the ceremony were Minister for Education and Culture Honourable Myron V. Walwyn and Minister for Communications and Works Honourable Mark H. Vanterpool. Photo: VINO
Present at the ceremony were Minister for Education and Culture Honourable Myron V. Walwyn and Minister for Communications and Works Honourable Mark H. Vanterpool. Photo: VINO
Staff from the DMV from across the Territory were commended for their togetherness and show of support for the initiative taken by Mr Rymer. Photo: VINO
Staff from the DMV from across the Territory were commended for their togetherness and show of support for the initiative taken by Mr Rymer. Photo: VINO
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – It was with much pomp and ceremony that the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) under the management of Acting Commissioner Mr Kye M. Rymer launched the commemorative License Plates for the 60th Anniversary of Festival this morning June 19, 2014.

The memorable occasion was held at the Noel Lloyd Positive Action Movement Park (NLPAMP) amidst DMV staff from across the Territory, Minister for Education and Culture Honourable Myron V. Walwyn and Minister for Communications and Works Honourable Mark H. Vanterpool. There were several other specially invited guests.

Hon Vanterpool officially signed the plate and gave his blessing for its sale and circulation. The final design for the license plate was selected from among sixteen (16) submissions for a competition.

Mr Joseph Hodge, a self-taught artist, won the top prize for the competition and was on hand at this morning’s ceremony where he was honoured for his artistic piece. Mr. Simeon Llewellyn was selected as the 2nd and 3rd place winner.

Mr. Hodge’s winning entry symbolizes a time in Virgin Islands’ history and what he grew up seeing, not just around August Festival time but around Christmas time and during other community celebrations. People were in their natural state he said.

There was always fungi music at these celebrations. His mother, he recalls, was always cooking as this was her way of life. The goats were always everywhere, he recalled.

Reflecting the history behind the idea coming to life Director of Culture Ms Luce Hodge-Smith said that it was in early September of 2013 that Mr. Rymer, Acting Commissioner of the Department of Motor Vehicles approached her about assisting him and his department in organizing the competition to select a special design for a commemorative license plate in observance of the 60th anniversary of Festival.

“Right away I agreed to assist because I thought the idea was a great one. At the said meeting, we discussed the logistics of the competition, the required size of the entries, the design and whether it should be festive or cultural, the deadline for submissions, the prizes, etc.” said Ms Hodge.

Souvenir versions of the license plates are also available for sale and all plates cost $100 and are ready at the DMV.

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