JIS News

Residents in St.Thomas are gearing up to participate in the second annual ‘Paul Bogle Parish Jamboree’, which will be held at the Paul Bogle Junior High School in Morant Bay, on Monday, October 18 beginning at 10.00 a.m.
The function is being organised by the St. Thomas Association of Community Development Committees.Custos of St. Thomas, Marcia Bennett will officially open the function, while Mayor of Morant Bay, Joan Spencer and Members of Parliament, Dr. Fenton Ferguson, and James Robertson are expected to bring greetings.
Chairman of the St. Thomas Association of Community Development Committees, Emerson James told JIS News that the main event was a ‘Mr. and Miss Paul Bogle’ parish jamboree contest, to be held after the official ceremony.
He said that students between the ages of 12 and 14 years from schools in the parish had been invited to participate in the contest. Participants will be asked to do a talent piece depicting one of the National Heroes, as well as participate in a general knowledge quiz competition.
“People coming to this event will learn something about our Heroes and see the best of what St. Thomas has to offer,” he said.
Mr. James said that the parish office of the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) would assist in co-ordinating the contest.
He informed that students from Seaforth Primary School would showcase “old-time” fashion wear, and the St. Thomas Parish Library would set up an exhibition in recognition of the life and work of National Hero, the Right Excellent Paul Bogle.
The Chairman said that community groups had been invited to set up booths and to showcase what they had to offer in the areas of art and craft, ethnic foods and other activities unique to their communities.
On Sunday, October 17, there will be a commemorative service at the Paul Bogle Square, beginning at 4:00 p.m. Persons will light candles to symbolize the homes that were burnt during the Morant Bay uprising.

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