(UK style) Ni-Vanuatu visitors celebrate
independence day in London
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Ni-Vanuatu visitors to the UK celebrated Vanuatu Independence in London as
guests of the British Friends of Vanuatu.
The event was held at the home of Norman & Mena Shackley at Ashford in
Those in the picture, from left to right, are:
Odo Tevi (Chevening Scholar);
Nathan & Christopher Shackley (Vila childhood); Edward Nalial (Chevening
Scholar); Gordon Dickinson (Public Prosecutor 1985-88); Mena & Norman
Shackley; Aleks Collingwood (Vila Childhood); Pat Dickinson (Bureau of
Statistics); James Bakeo-Collingwood; Sian Mexsom (Vila childhood)
Dorman and Aleks Collingwood taking a meal in the shade at the Vanuatu Independence
Day barbecue in London. Guests sweltered in temperatures (32C high)
which brought back memories for many of Independence Days spent in
Sibley chats with Sian Mexsom and Richard Dorman.
Sibley, James Bakeo Chris Shackley and Odo Tevi talking with Norman Shackley on a break
from barbecue duties.
Sibley & Odo Tevi enjoying a meal in the welcome shade under the parasol.
and Gordon Dickinson, looking to catch up after a late arrival to la fete.
bakeo-Collingwood with wife, Aleks and Odo Tevi, Chevening scholar.
Bakeo-Collingwood, in a rare break-out from the shade on the hottest day
of the year in London.
guests Eward Nalial, Odo Tevi and James Bakeo disagree on which way up for
the Vanuatu national flag. And so did most of the Brits. It
took Richard Dorman's intervention to settle the dispute.
the flag. All disagreements forgotten and all champagne toasts
completed, a number of members and guests gather round to display the flag
in what is hopefully the correct orientation.