JIS News

Activities to mark Jamaica’s 46th Anniversary of Independence, continued last week-end (August 9 and 10), across the United Kingdom (UK), with several church services and special receptions in Redditch, Birmingham, Leeds and London.
Jamaican High Commissioner to the UK, Burchell Whiteman, who was the special guest at a reception in Redditch, hosted by the Redditch Community Relations Council, praised the community for its inclusiveness and the good relations that have developed in the area over the years.
He noted the importance of strong positive links within the various ethnic groups in the town, and commended residents of Jamaican and other Caribbean heritage, for maintaining their social and cultural connections with the region.
The evening featured special cultural performances by young persons, as well as a steel band and a Caribbean buffet.
In Birmingham, the Association of Jamaican Nationals, hosted a special Service of Thanksgiving under the theme, ‘Hope over Adversity’. Bishop Mike Wilson, who preached the sermon, called for a change of attitude towards young people and urged the congregation to stop looking at them as a liability, but rather as an asset for the community. He also called for more investments in projects to support and benefit young people.
Bishop Wilson said where there is an absence of hope, there is despair that leads to death. He said hope builds self esteem and ensures the future.
Chairman of the Association, Beverly Lindsay, in her message, paid special tribute to the first generation of Jamaicans who migrated to the UK aboard the Empire Windrush, and urged the congregation to become beacons of hope for the second and third generations.
High Commissioner Whiteman, who read Prime Minister Bruce Golding’s Independence Message, also congratulated Miss Lindsay, who has been awarded the Order of Distinction, for services to the Jamaican Diaspora, in this year’s list of National Honours and Awards.