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  • Pictoral exhibition to be mounted at the Westmoreland Parish Library
  • All four parishes will be having Emancipation Vigils on July 31
  • The St. James gala will be held at the Catherine Hall stadium

Western Jamaica will be treated to a full slate of cultural activities for the upcoming Emancipation and Independence celebrations, from July 31 to August 6.

Regional Manager for the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC), Ms Natalie Morris, gave details of the activities that will be undertaken in Trelawny, St. James, Hanover and Westmoreland, at a Jamaica Information Service (JIS) ‘Think Tank’ on Wednesday, July 24, in Montego Bay.

“Coming out of Jamaica 50 (celebrations), I know that Jamaicans are looking forward for what is to come,” she said.

Westmoreland leads the way with the mounting of a pictorial exhibition in the Parish Library on Great George Street, from July 29 to August 9, which will be highlighting the national theme: ‘Celebrating Jamaica: Triumphant, Proud and Free’.

All four parishes will be having Emancipation Vigils on July 31 into the morning of August 1, with the sites being Freemans Hall Primary School, in Trelawny; Tulloch Castle, Kensington, in St. James; Bustamante Square, Lucea, Hanover; and Norman Square, Savanna-la-mar, in Westmoreland.

Come Emancipation Day, August 1, the activities in St. James will shift from Tulloch Castle to Sam Sharpe Square in Montego Bay, where there will be a special event dubbed,  ‘Culture Yard,  with activities taking place from 12 noon to 12 midnight.  A Farmers’ Market will be incorporated into this event.

According to Ms Morris, on Sunday, August 4, church services for Independence will be held at the St. Mathew’s Anglican Church, in Jackson Town, Trelawny; St. John’s Methodist Church, in Montego Bay, St. James; Mount Mariah Baptist Church, in Hanover; and the Dundee Baptist Church, in Westmoreland.  All the church services are scheduled to start at 10:00 a.m.

The Regional Manager pointed out that on Independence Day, August 6, Civic Ceremonies will be held in all four parish capitals. Each parish will also have entertainment for Independence.

She said that the St. James gala will be held at the Catherine Hall stadium, which has a seating capacity for 8,000 persons.