Sunshine smiles in Sheffield for 50 years of independence

Crowds gathered in Barkers Pool to celebrate 50 years of Jamaican independence
Crowds gathered in Barkers Pool to celebrate 50 years of Jamaican independence
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A SEA of green, gold and black filled Sheffield city centre as proud Jamaicans celebrated 50 years of their nation’s independence.

Crowds of around 300 people wearing the country’s colours paraded to Barker’s Pool to watch as the Jamaican flag was raised to fly at Sheffield City Hall at noon yesterday.

Revellers waved their own flags, blew whistles and cheered in jubilation to create a party atmosphere.

The Jamaica Society of Sheffield organised the event for Jamaica’s 50th anniversary of independence.

Celebrations also included a special service of thanksgiving on Sunday, at Sheffield Cathedral.

A party took place at the SADACCA centre on the Wicker afterwards and people enjoyed watching the Olympics - on the night Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt reclaimed his 100m title.

Carmelita Duncan, chairman of the society, said: “We were all making a lot of noise as we saw our star boy go through!

“The atmosphere has been great and we were proud to see the flag at City Hall - we have partied.”