San Lawrenz welcomes President on official visit to village

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San Lawrenz welcomes President on official visit to villageLast Sunday morning the community of San Lawrenz welcomed the President of Malta, Dr George Abela and Mrs Abela to the village to spend the morning there.

The morning’s visit commenced with a mass for which the President and Mrs Abela attended. Parish Priest Injazju Borg, who presided over this Eucharist, welcomed them in the name of the parish.

After mass the President and Mrs Abela were shown around the Church and then went out onto the Parvis to meet members of the community and were able to partake in some light refreshments.

At the same time the President was also able to watch the San Lawrenz football team nursery, who had a training session in the square and later the Ta’ Cangura Folk Group provided entertainment with a traditional folk dance.

In his address, the San Lawrenz Mayor Noel, Formosa, thanked the President and Mrs Abela for the official visit and also “insisted that this visit should send the community a message to continue to strengthen our identity and community.” Then in his address the President said that “the choice of his first official Presidential visit in a Gozitan community to be in San Lawrenz was on purpose, as he believes that the unity in this community should be an example not only to other Gozitan localites but also Maltese localities.” The Mayor continued by urging the community to continue to participate in activities that are being prepared in aid of the Malta Community Chest Fund.

The main attraction of the morning was when the President paid a visit to the exhibition, ‘Talents from San Lawrenz,’ that was organised in the Parish Centre, with exhibits made by the villagers.

The President and Mrs Abela also visited ‘Dar Dun Guzepp Cauchi’ where they were shown around the house where this priest from San Lawrenz had lived. The President was then presented with a gift of the publications to date of the teachings of this priest.

The official visit concluded with a coffee for the President and Mrs Abela in the San Lawrenz main square.

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