News Release: Hamilton, Bermuda, Sunday, November 3, 2019 – Last evening (November 2), Premier David Burt  formally welcomed His Excellency the President of the Regional Government of the Azores, Vasco Cordeiro to Bermuda, during a reception at Rosewood, Bermuda.

The gathering saw around 150 people in attendance, including Cabinet Ministers, Governor John Rankin and members of Bermuda’s Portuguese community.

The public will be aware that President Cordeiro and a delegation from the Azores are visiting the Island from November 2 – 5, to celebrate the 170th Anniversary of the Arrival of Portuguese Immigrants to Bermuda. On Monday, November 4, the occasion will be marked with a Public Holiday.

During the reception, the Premier extended his appreciation to President Cordiero for his visit and expressed the importance of Bermuda’s shared bonds with the Azores, adding that the Portuguese have made significant contributions to Bermuda socially, culturally, economically and politically.

During the reception, Premier Burt said: “This is a unique occasion on which we come together to mark an event which ushered in a change in Bermuda society. One hundred and seventy years ago, 35 men, 16 women and 7 children arrived on these shores onboard a vessel called the Golden Rule. History does not record their feelings or what may have caused them to leave Madeira for Bermuda.”

“It is an honour to welcome you Mr. President and the members of this visiting delegation to Bermuda. Your presence signals the importance of promoting strong links between our islands and our people.”

The evening culminated with a gift exchange between the two leaders.

Today, President Cordeiro has a full schedule, which includes, a visit to Dockyard, a special service at St. Theresa’s Cathedral and a Gala Dinner.

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