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The overcast skies of London and the threat of rain did not faze the thousands of Jamaicans, their families and friends who turned out for the annual Fun in the Park, Jamaica Day, at Crystal Palace in London on August 2.
The event, which is organised by the Jamaica Basic School Foundation, is one of the charity’s two major fund raising activities each year.
Now its 10th year, the annual family day has become a major event, staged also to mark the island’s annual Independence celebrations.
For many families, the event is an opportunity for their children to see first hand, some aspects of Jamaican culture and heritage in music and food.
There were several food stalls, featuring traditional Jamaican menu items, such as jerk chicken and pork, festival, fish and bammy, patties, puddings as well as sauces and other condiments.
In addition, there were stalls that featured books, videos, t-shirts, belts and other Jamaican art and craft.
The Jamaica Information Service (JIS), in conjunction with the Jamaican High Commission, also mounted a small display, featuring Jamaica’s National Heroes, symbols, history and culture and held a special Jamaican history quiz.
Jamaican High Commissioner to the United Kingdom (UK), Burchell Whiteman and his wife, Joline, were special guests, as were Lord Bill Morris of Handsworth and former England footballer, John Barnes.
Mr. Whiteman commended Jamaicans in the UK for their contribution to the development of British society, while retaining their links and commitment to their roots in Jamaica.
Noting that this year marked the 60th anniversary of the arrival of the Empire Windrush, on which hundreds of persons from Jamaica and other Caribbean islands came to the UK, Mr. Whiteman made special mention of the fortitude of the Windrush generation.