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6 SEPTEMBER 2011

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JA Minister look to city youth to take the lead during 50th Anniversary celebrations

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HAIRED BY PROMINENT Birmingham businessman, Tony Sealey OBE, Jamaica’s 50th Anniversary celebration plans, both there and over here, in the second city were aired, for all to see, by the islands’ Minister of Youth, Sports & Culture, the Honourable Olivia Grange. In the presence of Birmingham Lady Mayoress, Anita Ward, Jamaican High Commissioner, Anthony Johnson, Paul Tilsely, Deputy Leader of the Council, and Diamond Travel owner, Beverly Lindsey MBE, who opened the night’s proceedings, and a gaggle of regular, wellhealed local business people were on hand to hear what exactly is in store for all from the Jamaican Diaspora. With cities like London and Manchester making unyielding efforts in their individual plans to celebrate Jamaica Day over here, the Minister’s visit to Birmingham was, amongst others, to see what, if any, plans the UK’s second city had for its hard working, contributing citizens hailing from the Caribbean haven. With Councillor Tilsley emphasising just how internationally dynamic a multi-cultural city Birmingham is, questions were asked as to what Birmingham is doing for its Jamaican citizens throughout the next year. Minister Grange (Olivia) constantly mentioned the importance of youth, in the upcoming celebrations; however, it was very interesting to note the total lack of youth present at such an auspicious meetinghighlighting youth. But, now we have the chance to put that straight and

get Birmingham’s, in fact, the West Midlands’ young people and children, involved in the lead-up, celebrations and lasting legacy of what should be the world’s second biggest Jamaican 50th Anniversary party. And that includes the vital decision making at the top table. There’s a lot going on, throughout the Jamaican Diaspora, over the coming months with a list of legacies, heritage and sporting events to mark the nation’s 50th anniversary. It’s a work in progress, so, there’s a lot yet to be set in stone, but, a buoyant Lenford Salmon, Project Director for ‘Jamaica 50 Secretariat,’ wants every young person of Jamaican origin to say: “Mi inna dis!” Are we all, here in Birmingham?

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Olivia 'Babsy' Grange, Jamaican Minister of Information, Culture, Youth and Sport

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