THE MUCH awaited Jubilee celebrations rocked the Volta Region on Tuesday, as most of people seized the moment to show their loyalty and patriotism to mother Ghana.
It was simply exhilarating watching residents of the region, both young and old, smartly dressed in national colours and paraphernalia, while the national flags and buntings had also been displayed at vantage points to lend a colourful look to the historic event.
By 7:00am, smartly dressed school children from 41 schools in the Ho Municipality, seven voluntary organisations, including physically-challenged groups, workers unions and six contingents of security personnel had already congregated at the newly constructed Jubilee Park at Ho, itching to begin the historic march.
Long before 9:00am, the park was filled to capacity with national colours everywhere, prompting those who were not in the hues to make a last-minute rush on a number of sellers, who took undue advantage of the situation to sell the items at higher prices.
The parade, under the command of Captain Nii Laryea Odumang from the 66 Artillery Regiment, started at exactly 9:00am.
It witnessed a spectacular march by well dressed participating groups, with the Volta Regional Minister, Kofi Dzamesi and the Regional Police Commander, Mr Edmond Derry, taking the salute.
Mr Dzamesi, who later read the President's Jubilee Address to the parade, urged the people not to be complacent as the nation marked its 50th Independence Anniversary, but rather work hard to enable the nation reach an enviable position in the world.
He said there was the need for re-dedication and commitment to the cause of nation building, to ensure that in the next fifty years, Ghana would overcome its problems as a nation.
The Seventh Garrison Primary School in Ho was later adjudged the best basic school in the march past, with Deme Fiave JSS coming first in the JSS category.
Mawuli School topped in the Senior Secondary School category.
Earlier, the minister had unveiled the Golden Jubilee Plaque and inaugurated the ¢4-billion anniversary park.
Information reaching Daily Guide indicated that patronage of the programme in other districts was encouraging, and this year's event was one of the best in the history of the region.