President of the Azores Vasco Cordeiro met Bermuda’s Governor John Rankin at Government House, shortly after his arrival on Saturday.

Here to celebrate the 170th anniversary of the first arrival of the Portuguese community in Bermuda, the historical connection between Bermuda and the Azores and “how the relationship between our two countries remains strong and vibrant” was discussed.

“It was a pleasure to meet President Cordeiro and to welcome him to Bermuda. The links between Bermuda and the Azores are important from both an historical and present-day perspective,” Governor Rankin said.

“Since their arrival 170 years ago, the members of the Portuguese and Azorean community have made an important economic and social contribution to life in Bermuda. Today, the community is a vital part of what makes Bermuda a unique place and I hope that the Portuguese Day holiday will be an opportunity to recognise, celebrate and strengthen the ties between us.”

On Sunday, President Cordeiro is scheduled to visit Commissioner’s House in Dockyard at 9:30am. He will also attend a service at St Theresa’s Cathedral on Cedar Avenue in Hamilton at 1:30pm, followed by a procession, immediately after the service.

On Monday, November 4, the public holiday, there will be a commemorative tree planting at Botanical Gardens at 11:30am, followed by a visit to Casa dos Acores at Admiralty Park at 12:30pm.

On Tuesday, there will be a site visit at Portuguese Rock at Spittal Pond at 11:30am.

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