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Activities to celebrate Emancipation and the 45th anniversary of Independence get underway across the United Kingdom (UK) this week-end.
The 10th annual Jamaica family fun day organized by the Jamaica Basic School Foundation is on at the Crystal Palace Park on Sunday, July 22 and will feature a performance by the combined Jamaica Military and Regiment bands.
The Jamaica Society Leeds will also stage its annual charity ball this weekend. High Commissioner to the UK, Burchell Whiteman will be the guest speaker. On August 4, the annual Independence Service of Praise and Thanksgiving will be held at Southwark Cathedral at London Bridge. This year the sermon will be preached by Bishop Joe Aldridge, Secretary of the Minority Ethnic Christian Affairs of Churches Together in England. High Commissioner Whiteman is expected to read the Prime Minister’s Independence Message and the collection this year will be in aid of the High Commission/Walsall/Jamaica Exchange Project for Deaf Youths. Other church services to commemorate Jamaica’s independence will be held across the UK by various community organizations and groups. On August 5, the Jamaica Society, Manchester; the Jamaica National Association, Preston; The Institute of Jamaican Nationals in Birmingham and the Jamaica National Council, Huddersfield are among community associations holding special thanksgiving services.
In addition to the church services, several community organizations and groups will be holding special independence balls, dinners and cultural events. The Association of Jamaican Nationals UK Trust Independence summer ball will be held on August 4, while a new group, Positively Jamaican, will hold a special cultural event in Stratford, East London on August 5.
On August 11, the Jamaica Society, Manchester will recognise and honour young people who have been outstanding achievers academically and socially, at its annual dinner and awards, while Friends of the Heart Foundation of Jamaica will stage its annual fund-raising garden party in London.
The Jamaica Defence Force bands will play at two special concerts on Emancipation Day and Independence Day, while the special Evensong at Westminster Abby this year coincides with Independence Day on August 6.

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