Feb 27, 2012 News
…receives royal welcome at Moleson Creek ferry terminal
By Leon Suseran
History was made yesterday as newly- crowned Miss India Worldwide, Guyanese Alana Seebarran was given a warm welcome by family, friends, well- wishers and Berbicians who flocked the Guyana- Suriname Ferry Terminal at Moleson Creek on the Corentyne. She left Guyana for Suriname by air and chose to return home through the county of Berbice on Sunday, while thrilling many who lined the roadway on the Upper Corentyne area as she waved to them while passing in a motorcade which left the stelling after she met and greeted persons and the media.
The 24- year- old beauty queen had been crowned only hours earlier—sometime around 1:00 hr to be exact—in Suriname after taking the coveted crown from 35 other candidates from around the world and doing her country proud at the same time. She was clearly a crowd favourite on Saturday evening. Seebarran had won the Guyana leg of the competition last November and moved on to the finals.
The 12:30 hrs ferry from South Drain Nickerie, Suriname arrived shortly behind schedule—sometime before 13:00 hrs—and had to wait for clearance before the passengers were allowed to disembark. The crowd outside the stelling was building. Many persons gathered with their Golden Arrowheads, waving, awaiting the queen’s arrival. The tassa drummers were on their mark. Then shortly after 13:00 hrs, Seebarran and her entourage (over 40 in number) who accompanied her, including her parents, and other supporters, were seen heading out of the terminal. The tassa drummers began their drumming and the crowds swarmed the outside of the terminal to greet Guyana’s newest famed beauty queen. She was greeted and given a bouquet of flowers and lots of hugs and kisses. She then started to join the group in some dancing to the tassa drums. It was a rousing welcome. Chairperson of the Teaching Service Commission, Mrs Leila Ramson was one of the persons who accompanied Seebarran to Suriname.
After numerous photo opportunities and hugs and kisses, the queen spoke to Kaieteur News. She noted that “I feel very, very excited and so happy to be home to celebrate with my Guyanese people!” She added that it was a “great experience; one that I would never forget”.
When asked if she expected such a win, the young queen said, “I knew I put a lot of hard work into it; I was determined and I really wanted to represent my country and I wanted to do it well”. She recalled many early mornings and late nights, “lots of rehearsals for the talent piece…there was just so much to do to get to this stage, to be where I am today”.
Seebarran has been a dancer for 10 years on the Guyana Hindu Dharmic Saba’s show Naya Zamana, which she credited to helping her a lot “to get Best Talent out of 35 countries and I am the only girl with 3 brothers—only sister—all my family was there to support me in Suriname, my mother and my father—everyone was there and the support meant a lot to me, and it’s what helped me to get through the week and end up with the crown”.
Seebarran hails from Georgetown. She is a student of Marketing and helps her father with his business. She lauded her sponsor the New Guyana Pharmaceutical Corporation for their huge support. “They were great to me; I would always depend on them and they gave me the confidence needed and also my family”. She also expressed gratitude to the Franchise Holder, Chandanie Rambalack and choreographer Padminie Rambalack.
“It was a long trip so we’re probably going to rest and continue the celebration on Monday”, she added.
The motorcade and tassa drummers then departed the ferry terminal and made its way through Moleson Creek, into Line Path and finally into Corriverton where it stopped. The queen’s segment of the motorcade then departed Corriverton for Georgetown later yesterday.
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