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Fifty years of Jamaican independence celebrated in Leicester


People from the Jamaican community gathered in Leicester to celebrate fifty years of independence.


They watched as the Lord Mayor of Leicester councillor Abdul Osman, raised the Jamaican flag at the Town Hall to commemorate the occasion.


Following the flag raising, representatives of the city’s Jamaican community had tea in the Lord Mayor’s Team Room.


Jamaica was a British colony for 300 years before it gained independence on August 6, 1962.


Other events to mark the anniversary include a visit by the Jamaican High Commissioner, her Excellency Aloun Ndombet-Assambathe, to a service of thanksgiving and praise at the New Testament Church of God in Melbourne Road, Highfields, on Sunday, August 12.


National celebrations are also being held including a flag-raising ceremony by the Jamaican High Commission at London’s O2 Arena.

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