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View From 'The Voice': Our salute to Jamaica

FLYING THE FLAG: Jamaicans around the world will mark the island's 55th birthday on August 6 (image credit: MOBO)

FOR THE next two weeks, the UK will be basking in Jamaican-style celebrations as the Caribbean island marks its 55th Independence anniversary with a series of events.

These celebrations will be reminiscent of five years ago when the London Olympics was the main show in town just as Jamaica marked 50 years of Independence and what a celebration it was.

Independence activities will get underway this weekend with a Thanksgiving Service on Saturday in Westminster at the Methodist Central Hall when many UK Jamaicans and friends of Jamaica will gather for worship and praise for the island’s progress as an independent nation and this will be the start of many similar events which will celebrate Jamaica’s achievements.

On Sunday, July 30, The Voice will team-up with the Jamaica National Group to host I Love Jamaica Day at the Capital City Academy, in Willesden, north west London for a day-long event which will include investment, property and health seminars, art and craft stalls, a Jamaican food court, cultural activities and a special entertainment package which will be headlined by Grammy-nominee and reggae singer Luciano and many other UK artists.

I Love Jamaica is an event that really matters. Apart from it being something that the whole family can enjoy, these celebrations are geared towards highlighting the contributions that Jamaicans have been making to this country and will be a prelude to an even bigger and wider celebration in 2018 when the seventieth anniversary of the arrival of the SS Empire Windrush in Tilbury Docks in 1948 brought the first wave of Caribbean immigrants to help rebuild Britain after the war.

As Jamaica’s High Commissioner Mr. Seth George Ramocan emphasised:

“So many Jamaicans have help to make this country a reality and I salute the generation of Jamaicans who made a difference through blood, sweat and tears.”

Brent Labour MP Dawn Butler, in whose borough I Love Jamaica Day will be staged, sums it up appropriately when she said:

“Jamaica punches way above its weight in terms of influence round the world whether it’s in music, sports or entertainment, it is a cultural superpower.”

This newspaper salutes all Jamaicans and wishes each and everyone a happy 55th Independence.

I Love Jamaica Day takes place on Sunday July 30, from 12 noon-6pm at Capital City Academy, Doyle Gardens, Willesden, London NW10 3ST. Adult tickets cost £7 and children’s (between 5-12 years old) tickets are £3 - under 5s are free. free. To secure tickets, click here. For further information call 020 7708 6614 or email: ilovejamaicaday@janouk.com. Please note that on-site parking will be available and I Love Jamaica Day is an alcohol-free event.

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