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Jamaica 50 celebrations kick off

ACTIVITIES: Lenford Salmon, project director for the Jamaica 50 secretariat, and Jackie Knight-Campbell, project director, UTech’s Road to Athletic Glory, Olympic Legacy Campaign 2012

FORMER Olympic champion Colin Jackson hosted the recent launch of celebrations to mark Jamaica’s 50th year of independence.

The former 110-metre hurdles champ, who is of Jamaican parentage, supported the launch of year-long celebration Jamaica 50, which got off to a colourful start at the O2 Arena in London on December 13.

Hundreds attended the launch, held at the Black Music Experience Museum in the O2 Arena, which gave them the chance to get a taste of the music, dance and other cultural presentations that will take place over 2012.

The Caribbean island officially marks 50 years of independence on August 6, 2012. Jamaicans in the UK and the world are being urged to raise the Jamaican flag on Independence Day, August 6, and stage a ceremony in honour of 50 years of Jamaican nationhood.

TALENTS

As National Dance Theatre performers and a mento band entertained them, supporters heard about major activities planned for the UK and across the world next year, including gospel concerts, reggae concerts, a Jamaica versus England masters’ cricket match and a range of festivals that aim to showcase Jamaica’s rich culinary and artistic talents.

Anthony Johnson, Jamaican High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, said the Golden Jubilee presents a wonderful opportunity for Jamaica to reflect on its many triumphs, including its unique ability to impact the world despite its small size.

Former EastEnders actress Angela Wynter and rising UK reggae star Gappy Ranks also supported the event.

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