August 27, 2016 3:56 pm

Huge celebration planned for Ben Ryan in Serua

“Bring your own stomach and your pot.” These were the words of Serua provincial council committee member, Alipate Natoba as the province is set to host celebrations for adopted “golden son” and national sevens coach, Ben Ryan. NATOBA: “The celebrations will be on Monday and starts at 1pm at the Uprising Beach Resort grounds. The […]

“Bring your own stomach and your pot.”

These were the words of Serua provincial council committee member, Alipate Natoba as the province is set to host celebrations for adopted “golden son” and national sevens coach, Ben Ryan.

Ben Ryan at the recent celebrations for the Fiji sevens team. Sere
Ben Ryan at the recent celebrations for the Fiji sevens team. (Serelisoni Moceica/Newswire)

NATOBA: “The celebrations will be on Monday and starts at 1pm at the Uprising Beach Resort grounds. The women of Serua will do a traditional “cere”for Ratu Peni Raiyani Latianara. There will be a devotion done by the two talatala of the Methodist divisions in the province, then the traditional yaqona ceremony will be held.”

Mr Natoba also added that the invitation was for the coach who had claimed the Serua province as his own.

NATOBA: “We are working against time, so we are pulling in the resources that we have on hand to make this happen.”

Entertainment for the event will begin around 3:30pm straight after the conclusion of the formal ceremony and Mr Natoba added that a part of the programme also includes a surprise gift for the coach.

NATOBA: “There’s a surprise coming at the end of the ceremony, at the moment we don’t have information regarding this as our Turaga na Vunivalu does not even want to give us the details, all we know is that it hasn’t been done before in Fiji. It is a gift to Ben Ryan from the Vanua o Serua.”

The event begins at 1pm on Monday, August 29 at the Uprising Beach Resort grounds and the celebration is open to anyone interested.

Meanwhile, the coach is wrapping things up in the country before he leaves for England.

RYAN: “There are a number of things that I need to do before I go back and a number of places to visit. There are schools, hospitals and other certain places and I need to say bye to my friends in Suva and Pacific Harbour and elsewhere and to personally thank those people who have helped me in the last three years. I haven’t decided yet when I’m going to leave and there’s no rush. So, we’ll do what we needed to do, pack up and make our way slowly back to the United Kingdom.”