A commemorative event in honour of Mro Joseph Vella, who passed away on February 25 last year, was held at Villa Rundle Gardens, Victoria. Gozo Minister Justyne Caruana (pictured) unveiled a bust dedicated to Prof. Vella, followed by the laying of wreaths. The bust is the work of Joseph Scerri. During the unveiling, the La Stella Band, under the direction of Mro John Galea, played Prof. Vella’s Dejjem f’Qalbna (Always in Our Hearts). Commemorative talks were given by Paul Cassar and Cecilia Xuereb. Other talks by Pierre-Henri Xuereb and Jennifer Margaret Barker were read by Nikki Vella, Mro Vella’s son, and Colin Attard respectively. Musical excerpts were executed. The ceremony was concluded by a thankful address by Alan, Prof. Vella’s other son. The ceremony, which started with a band march by the La Stella Band from the Astra Theatre to Villa Rundle, was organised by the Gozo Ministry and the La Stella Philharmonic Society.


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