LONDON — Jamaicans in the United Kingdom (UK) and the Republic of Ireland will be staging a number of events and activities to mark Emancipation and Independence celebrations this year.
The celebrations get underway on July 30, with the annual service of praise and thanksgiving hosted by the Jamaican High Commission in London.
This year, the service will feature a special dance by renowned Jamaican choreographer Jackie Guy and musical renditions from the All London Seventh Day Adventist Men's Voice Choir.
High Commissioner Anthony Johnson, will read the Prime Minister's Emancipation Day and Independence messages, while Chaplain to the Speaker of the House of Commons, Rev. Rose Hudson-Wilkin, will deliver the sermon. This year's offering will be taken in aid of the Mustard Seed communities in Jamaica.
Across the UK, Jamaican community organisations and groups will also be hosting church services, balls and special events to mark the period.
A Jamaican Diaspora Day of Fasting and Prayer will be held at the Church of God of Prophecy at Winson Green in Birmingham on Emancipation Day, August 1.
In London, the Association of Jamaicans UK Trust will stage its annual Independence Summer Dinner and Dance in North London on August 6, while on August 7, the Association of Jamaican Nationals Birmingham will host a church service at the Handsworth New Testament Church of God.
Also on August 7, the 49th anniversary church service of the Jamaica National Council in Huddersfield will take place at the Huddersfield New Testament Church of God followed by the annual parade to the pavilion area for a family event.
The Jamaica Society Leeds will hold its Independence church service at the St. Aidans Church on Roundhay Road, on the same day.
On August 13, the Jamaica Society Manchester will host its annual Independence Dinner/Dance and Young Achievers Awards at the Lancashire County Cricket Club.
The very popular Family Fun Day hosted by the Jamaica Basic School Foundation is set for Crystal Palace Park in South London on August 15. The annual event, which attracts several thousand Jamaican families and friends of Jamaica, has become a mainstay of the Jamaican community's Independence celebrations.
Meantime, in the Republic of Ireland, Jamaicans will gather in Dublin on August 5 for the annual Independence dinner and dance, followed by a church service on August 7.
By Vivienne Siva
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