Jamaican VIP visits black community

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SHEFFIELD’S Jamaican community got the chance to meet the country’s UK representative when he arrived for a tour of the city.

Anthony Johnson, the Jamaican High Commissioner, paid a two-day visit to Sheffield, including a trip to see an Owls game.

Mr Johnson, accompanied by his wife Pamela, was shown around the SADACCA community centre on The Wicker, where he spoke to volunteers and looked around the facilities on offer for the city’s Afro-Caribbean people.

The VIP also addressed a luncheon meeting of the Sheffield Jamaica Society, and met the Lord Mayor, Coun Sylvia Dunkley, as well as council chief executive John Mothersole.

Afterwards His Excellency travelled to Hillsborough to see Sheffield Wednesday’s match against Brentford.

Mr Johnson, a former Jamaican senator, took up his post last May.

He is responsible for developing trade, economic and tourism links between the UK and Jamaica, and maintaining contact with Jamaican nationals through regular visits to communities, meetings and functions.

The Commonwealth nation celebrates its 50th year of independence next year.