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Flora Duffy Day

My American colleagues are forever mocking me for the amount of national holidays we get in Bermuda. We take the British ones, the American ones, have plenty ourselves and the island’s government are not immune to inventing the random one for good measure.

Nonetheless days off are not to be sniffed at, and we have one today to celebrate Bermuda’s first ever Olympic gold medal won by triathlete Flora Duffy in Tokyo. 🏊‍♀️🚴‍♀️🏃🏼‍♀️🥇

Flora Duffy Day is a one-off Bermuda national holiday to honour the countries greatest ever sporting achievement when Flora made history in Tokyo

Today was chosen as it was going to be the World Triathlon race weekend on the island, but sadly that was cancelled due to the recent steep rise in Covid cases, and likewise every public appearance tomorrow was also scratched, which will make today pretty quiet as everything is closed.

There has been and will be today a variety of behind closed doors events with limited attendees. These include the renaming of the National Sports Stadium to The Flora Duffy Stadium, a tribute concert and reception, a ceremony to witness the renaming of the twisty and steep Corkscrew Hill road, which is a key part of the Bermuda Triathlon course to Flora Duffy Hill, plus the commemorative postage stamp reveal at the General Post Office…. don’t worry Mum, I will get you one 😀

It is such a shame that we can’t get out and enjoy the celebrations, but Covid strikes again. Congratulations again Flora, and enjoy your day, I am sure we will.

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