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  • Vendors at the Coronation Market, in downtown Kingston, were hosted at a one-day farmers’ market at the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre, Hope Road, St. Andrew, on Emancipation Day, Saturday, August 1.
  • The market was one of several scheduled activities slated for the Independence Village, which has been created at the venue by the Ministry of Youth and Culture as part of events for this year’s observance of Emancipation and Independence celebrations, under the theme: ‘Proud and Free…Jamaica 53’.
  • The Village will be in place for the duration of the celebrations, and will feature daily and nightly events, ranging from stage shows and concerts to exhibitions and expositions.

Vendors at the Coronation Market, in downtown Kingston, were hosted at a one-day farmers’ market at the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre, Hope Road, St. Andrew, on Emancipation Day, Saturday, August 1.

The market was one of several scheduled activities slated for the Independence Village, which has been created at the venue by the Ministry of Youth and Culture as part of events for this year’s observance of Emancipation and Independence celebrations, under the theme: ‘Proud and Free…Jamaica 53’.

The Village will be in place for the duration of the celebrations, and will feature daily and nightly events, ranging from stage shows and concerts to exhibitions and expositions.

Many of the vendors, who arrived at the Ranny Williams Centre before 6:00 a.m. to set up their booths, said despite the shortage of several crops due to the prevailing drought, they were able to acquire some produce, and welcomed the opportunity to go uptown to sell these.

One vendor, popularly known as ‘Blossom’, told JIS News that: “it is so different (uptown). We can wear our gold chain here and you can keep your expensive phone in your hand, and we don’t have to look behind us (for thieves). Up here is so fine, you don’t have to be afraid of nothing.”

Another vendor, Ronald Campbell, also welcomed the one-day ‘uptown experience’.

“Everything is fine (and)\it is nice. I would like to come back. The people come and ask for the price and they don’t go away (without buying something),” he said.

One of the shoppers visiting the market, National Youth Service (NYS) Board Chairperson, Maureen Webber, told JIS News that she supported the decision to set up a market place at the Ranny Williams Centre, describing it as a “good idea.”

“It is a good concept. It is really important that we empower (persons, especially) women, and show them that they have opportunities (available to them). This is a good way to make a living… and so I support this,” she added.