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Southwark flies Jamaican flag to mark 50 years of independence

On Monday the Mayor of Southwark Cllr Althea Smith marked the 50th anniversary of Jamaican independence with a special civic event at the council's Tooley Street headquarters.

Southwark flies Jamaican flag to mark 50 years of independence
Cllr Althea Smith flanked by past mayors Bill Skelly and Sam King
Southwark flies Jamaican flag to mark 50 years of independence
Visiting young people and teachers sing the Jamaican anthem on Tooley Street as the flag is raised

The celebration began with the raising of the Jamaican flag at 160 Tooley Street by the Mayor, herself a proud Jamaican, and past Mayor of Southwark Sam King MBE.

Mr King, who was the first black Mayor of Southwark, came to the UK on the Empire Windrush and is of Jamaican heritage.

Cllr Smith said: "I am so pleased to be able to share this important anniversary with the people of Southwark, whether they are of Jamaican heritage or not.

"Jamaica has such great culture, food, music and so much more. It really is the biggest little island in the world."

Elephant & Castle Shopping Centre is hosting a photographic exhibition as part of Jamaica's 50th anniversary celebrations.

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