Jamaican flag ceremony in celebration of 50 years of independence

Councillor Peter Main, Lord Mayor of Bristol, will be joining the city’s Jamaican community leaders for a flag-raising ceremony in front of The Council House on College Green later today to mark 50 years of Jamaican independence.

The event takes place from 12.30pm to 1pm and will include a capella performances of traditional song, including the national anthem. The ceremony is being organised by the Jamaica Town initiative with Bristol West Indian Parents and Friends Association (BWIPFA) and Tan Teddy, a Jamaican folk-music group. 

The Jamaican High Commissioner, Mrs Aloun Ndombet-Assamba, proposed a flag-raising event to the Lord Mayor when she visited the city in June to launch Bristol Libraries’ Yardstick Black author events programme. 

Jamaican Independence Day falls on August 6, which will also be the start date of the Jamaica Town initiative – a cultural season of events that will take place in various community venues in Bristol to the end of October.

Roy Hackett, chair of BWIPFA, said: “I’m very pleased and appreciate the civic ceremony for flying the Jamaican flag.  By doing so it is recognising Jamaica’s 50th year of independence and the contribution of Jamaicans and Caribbean people to the City and County of Bristol. We look forward to other Caribbean islands having a similar opportunity for their national flag to fly in Bristol.”

Councillor Peter Main, Lord Mayor of Bristol, welcomed the civic ceremony. He said “The City and County of Bristol is enriched, culturally and economically, by its Jamaican community.  I was privileged to meet the High Commissioner earlier this year, and I believe that it is fitting that we should mark the 50th anniversary of Jamaican independence on the 6th August 2012, by the raising of the Jamaican flag in front of the Council House”.

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