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High Commissioner to the United Kingdom (UK), Her Excellency Gail Mathurin continued her official tour of Jamaican communities in the UK when she visited the city of Leeds last weekend.
During her visit, the High Commissioner called on the Lord Mayor of Leeds, Councillor William Hyde and Lady Mayoress Patricia Hyde.
The High Commissioner had dialogue with Superintendent Richard Jackson, Inspector Graham Archer and some minority ethnic officers of the West Yorkshire Constabulary. The discussions centred around the increase in tension caused by the terrorist bombing in London on July 7 and its impact on the Leeds community, the relationship between the constabulary and minority ethnic communities, including Jamaicans, and ways to strengthen the relationship between the police force and the community.
Miss Mathurin also met with the Director of the Leeds Race Equality Council, Tony Stanley, who updated her on the work of the council.
The High Commissioner was the special guest at a reception hosted by the Jamaica Society Leeds at its Jamaica House headquarters, where she was presented with a copy of the Society’s book, ‘A Journey through Our History, The Story of the Jamaica Society Leeds and of Jamaicans in Leeds’.
Miss Mathurin commended the organization for chronicling the history and experiences of the community and urged other organisations to do the same. The High Commissioner, who was also the guest speaker at the Jamaica Society’s annual charity ball, said that as Jamaica looked forward to the observation of 43 years of Independence on August 6, the country had much to be proud of. “In another few weeks, we will observe our country’s 43rd anniversary of Independence. The country has made significant progress and there is much of which we can be proud.
Despite the challenges we still face, Jamaica is open for business, and steady progress is being made,” she said.
Miss Mathurin also gave an update on the effects of the recent Hurricanes, Dennis and Emily, on the island.
“I am sure that the Jamaican community and friends of Jamaica will once again rally to support our island as we prepare for and work to recuperate from this very challenging Hurricane season,” she added.