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Malta Day 8th September

posted 14 Sept 2012, 03:26 by Pat Scott
UK Celebration

Malta Day UK was once again celebrated in London on September 8. This event is a leading feature in the calendar of Maltese communities and individuals in the UK and is held around the feast of Our Lady of Victory.  Hundreds of Maltese, and their families and friends, travel from all over the UK to attend. The programme is put together by the Malta Day UK Organising Committee of the Malta High Commission and with the support of the various Maltese sponsors.

The High Commissioner of Malta, Mr J Zammit Tabona officially opened a Maltese Fair held in the morning at Westminster Cathedral Hall where a number of stalls were selling Maltese food and beverages. Gozitan choir Chorus Urbanus, led by Choir Director Dr John Galea, together with the St Sebastian Wokingham Brass Band, entertained a packed Westminster Cathedral Hall.

Reverend Father Charles Grech OFM, the Archbishop’s delegate, was the principal concelebrant at Holy Mass at Westminster Cathedral in the afternoon. High Commissioner Zammit Tabona welcomed The Right Worshipful The Lord Mayor of Westminster, Sovereign Military Order of Malta, members of the clergy, Maltese in the UK and Friends of Malta.

The Marian anthem was played by the Saint Sebastian Wokingham Brass Band and a fireworks salute was given to the Statue of ‘Il-Bambina’ as it exited the Cathedral to commence a procession through the streets of Westminster. 

The day’s events came to a close with an Evening Reception at the Corinthia Hotel London.

We have more photos in the gallery page, courtesy of Mr Edward Barway (Vice Chairman, SE Branch)