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Bringing Jamaica to Canary Wharf

Former England International football Sol Campbell (second left) with Nyree Chambers (left) Marketing Manager Grace Foods UK, Stephanie Banton and son Brendan Burgess

JAMAICA’S 55 Independence celebrations in the UK got off to a rousing start with the launch of ‘Jamaica Garden Terrace’ at the famous Boisdale restaurant and cocktail bar in Cabot Place, Canary Wharf, London E14 on Monday, July 3.

Over 150 guests partied the evening and night away to the beat of non-stop reggae music, jerk-flavoured barbeque food and Appleton-laced rum punch at the Garden Terrace overlooking the River Thames in the background and the huge office block skyscrapers in the heart of London’s financial district.

This was the start of a two-month Jamaican themed bar which will run until August 31 in partnership with Jamaica Tourist Board, Boisdale and the Jamaica 55 UK Steering Committee. On hand to launch the evening’s activities was Jamaica’s High Commissioner Mr Seth George Ramocan and Elizabeth Fox, Jamaica Tourist Board’s Regional Director for UK and Europe.

Jamaica’s High Commissioner Mr Seth George Ramocan (second left) with Ranald Macdonald (left), owner, Boisdale of Canary Wharf, Elizabeth Fox, JTB Regional Director UK and Europe and Laurence Jones, JAMPRO European Regional Manager

High Commissioner Ramocan set the tone for the evening by wearing a specially designed Jamaican tartan suit in line with the Scottish-owned Boisdale Restaurant and he was joined by Boisdale’s founder Ranald Macdonald in greeting the many guests including former England footballer Sol Campbell.

In a brief speech to officially launch the summer long activities, Mr Ramocan said he was “excited that Boisdale had partnered with the JTB and the Jamaica 55 UK Steering Committee on this venture as it coincides with Jamaica’s Independence and the World Athletics championships. It also goes beyond the boundaries to cement the long standing links between Jamaica and Scotland.”

A section of the party crowd on the terrace

Elizabeth Fox said: “We are thrilled to have the opportunity to partner with Boisdale Restaurants to create a little bit of authentic Jamaica in Canary Wharf and during a time when Jamaica’s athletes will be competing in the World Athletics Championships in August. Together we will create an experience to delight and impress guests, while highlighting Jamaica’s rich vibrant food, music and culture.”

The Garden Terrace located on the first floor was decked out with palm and banana trees, tropical fauna and exotic flowering and will be host to an all-day jerk barbeque, live music and cocktails every day until August 31.

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