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A fine British farewell

Published:Friday | July 14, 2017 | 12:00 AMKrysta Anderson
Honorary Consul General of Thailand, Thalia Lyn (right) and wife of the British High Commissioner to Jamaica (left), Hisae Fitton pause their conversation for our lens.
Charge d’affaires of United States Embassy, Eric Khant and his wife, Halima.
Honorary Consul of Ecuador Clelia Barreto de Hunter (left) welcomes the wife of the Spanish Ambassador to Jamaica, Theresa Gonzalez.
From left: Sylvain Fabi, Canadian high commissioner to Jamaica; Minister of Justice Delroy Chuck; EU ambassador Malgorzata Wasilewska; Philip Riley, charge d'affaires at the South African High Commission; and Dean of the Diplomatic Corps, Dr Jose Tomas Ares German are all smiles at the farewell reception for British High Commissioner.
Host of the British High Commissioner's farewell reception, Dr Jose Tomas Ares German (left) shares the spotlight with his specially invited guests, British High Commissioner David Fitton (right) and his wife, Hisae.
Farewell for British High Commissioner July 5th 2017
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The diplomatic family, and government officials, recently bid adieu to the United States Ambassador to Jamaica. Two Wednesdays ago, they gathered at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in a similar fashion this time to say goodbye to the British High Commissioner to Jamaica David Fitton.

Red and white wine, with the option of vodka and scotch, floated among the intimate group of well-wishers. For the formal aspect of the evening, dean of the Diplomatic Corps, Dr Jose Tomas Ares German, reiterated that saying goodbye to yet another ambassador and a dear friend was one of his most difficult tasks.

Fitton, whom German explained started his tenure as the British High Commissioner in Jamaica in June 2013, began his diplomatic journey in 1980, working in Japan, India, Turkey, and a host of other countries. He thanked Fitton for all the great work he has done in Jamaica, noting that he would be missed. In the same breathe, he expressed gratitude to the Spanish Ambassador who provided a token of appreciation to Fitton on behalf of the diplomatic corps.

Fitton made his response short and sweet, sharing that despite the standard formalities of the evening, it doesn't take away from the fact that those present took the time out of their schedules to be there.

"It's such an honour to be among friends," he added.

It was not only sad, he said to be leaving Jamaica, it was sad to be leaving everyone who had played such an important role in his diplomatic journey. But he informed everyone that before he leaves, he would be providing them with contact cards so that whenever they do pass through London, they c keep in touch.

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