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The Westmoreland Parish Library will be hosting an exhibition, highlighting the significant achievements in the parish and Jamaica, as an Independent nation.

Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) Parish Organiser, Coretta Spence, said that the exhibition, which opens tomorrow (July 19), will be particularly informative for children, as they will be able to learn more about the country’s history.

Ms. Spence, who was addressing a Think Tank at the Jamaica Information Service's (JIS) Montego Bay Regional Office on Tuesday (July 17), said the display is being mounted at an opportune time, when the library is already accommodating children, who are on summer break.

"The library is having a summer programme going on. So we have a lot of children there and they will get an opportunity to see some of those traditional things, and it is a good opportunity," she said.

Meanwhile, leading up to Independence Day, on August 6, a number of activities will be held across the parish.  

On July 28, a grand get-together of schools will take place on the grounds of the Maud McLeod High School in Darliston, while on July 29, the Jamaica 4-H Clubs will stage a Seafood Jamboree in Whitehouse.

Come August 5, residents will gather at Independence Park for a family fun day, which will feature a concert, traditional foods, display of traditional items, and rides for children.  Residents will be able to view the Olympic Games Men’s 100-metre finals via a multimedia screen, and also Jamaica 50 activities taking place in other parts of the island.

Ms. Spence said the event promises to be fun and memorable for the family. “We are having displays of our old time things. You need to come out and remind yourself of some of those things that we used to use; they are still around. It is a traditional display with entertainment galore,” she stated.

For information on Jamaica 50 activities in the Westmoreland and other parishes, visit the JCDC website at


By Garfield L. Angus, JIS Reporter

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