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FLYING THE FLAG: Bajan pride is in full-swing today

THE HIGH COMMISSION hosted the Barbados Golden Jubilee Awards in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the independence recently in recognition of the outstanding service of those within the community in the United Kingdom.

John Archer: John Archer was the first person of African descent to hold civic office in London and the first black mayor of a London borough.

Geoffrey Bell:Is the president of Geoffrey Bell and Company and has acted as financial advisor to the Government of Barbados for more than 25 years.

Winston Best:His goal was always to improve teaching standards, and the educational achievements of black and Afro-Caribbean children as they struggled against low expectations.

Karen Blackett:The highly respected Blackett has been in media for 22 years and is currently chairwoman of MediaCom, the largest media agency in the UK with billings over £1 billion.

Emmerson Boyce:In May 2013, Boyce made football history as the first ever Barbadian and Wigan Athletic captain to walk up the Wembley steps and lift the famous FA Cup.

Chris Brathwaite:Brathwaite was a remarkable and inspiring black socialist, trade unionist and anti-colonialist.

James E. Brathwaite:Is an internationally recognised business leader with operational experience in the media and environmental industries, public office, alongside expertise in SME business start-ups and management.

Dr Jeffrey Brathwaite:In 2001, Dr Brathwaite was promoted to Chief Superintendent and appointed Police Borough Commander for the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames.

Alison Buchanan:Immersed in the world of classical music, Buchanan has performed operas and concerts all over the world and met a host of distinguished musicians and artistes.

Carl Cox:Now the owner of two record labels, with four albums to his credit and more than 900,000 Facebook followers, this veteran of 30 plus years in the music business has achieved much.

Dr Bertram Clarke:Throughout his medical career he went out of his way to offer help, support and friendship to West Indians living in England, particularly those in London.

Shelley Collins:Collins has a 20-year track record of excellence in the provision of training and consultancy services in equality, diversity, leadership and management development.

Dr Paul Dash:He has earned awards such as the Peake Award for Innovation and Excellence in University Teaching, the Windrush Award for Outstanding Achievement in Education.

John Denny:Is a philanthropist, a pillar of the local community and a political activist. He spent his earlier years working for London Underground Limited.

Prof. Richard Drayton:In 1982 he won a Barbados Scholarship to Harvard University. At Harvard he was the centre of the anti- apartheid movement.

Angie Greaves:Greaves is ‘Daytime’ and ‘Soul Town’ presenter on Magic Radio, has one of the most soulful and distinctive female voices in UK radio today.

Gordon Greenidge:The powerful opening batsman was key to the glory days of West Indies cricket in the 70s and 80s.

Cllr. Eddie Griffith:Griffith is a Councillor and Community Activist in the London Borough of Haringey, having first been elected in 1986.

Dr Aaron Haynes:Served as senior community relations officer in Wolverhampton before moving on to the Community Relations Commission as Principal Development Officer.

Dr Trevor Hall:In 1982 he was appointed to the Home Office as Race Equality Adviser to the Permanent Secretary. He was instrumental in transforming policy and practice.

John Holder:In 1988, history was made when he was appointed to stand as an umpire in his first Test match, at Lord’s. He was the first black person to stand in a Test match in England.

Paul Ince:As a player he won numerous honours with Manchester United, became the first black player to captain the England team.

Wing Commander Aubrey Del Inniss:Wing Commander, Aubrey Inniss, DFC, wartime fighter ace, was born in Barbados on November 21, 1916. He joined the RAF in January 1939.

Dr Nola Ishmael:In the late 80s she was appointed Director of Nursing, thereby becoming the first black Nursing Director in the NHS in London.

Piers Linney:Linney is the current Co-CEO of cloud-based IT business Outsourcery. He is best known for being a ‘dragon’ on the BBC Two business series Dragons' Den.

Dr Andrew Philips:Five years ago he received a Technology Review TR35 award for his work on software for computer-assisted genetic engineering.

Rev Canon Rosemarie Mallett:Is currently the Vicar of St. John’s Church, Angell Town in Brixton, London and also Head of the Southwark Diocesan Social Justice and Public Policy Department.

Sir Roy Marshall:He was a constitutional advisor to the Government of Barbados at the Independence Talks with the United Kingdom in 1966.

Dr Wayne Marshall:He is the Chief Conductor of WDR Funkhausorchester Cologne, and Organist and Associate Artist of the Bridgewater Hall.

Dr Nigel Shaun Matthews:In 1982, he left Barbados for the United Kingdom to pursue his dream of becoming a surgeon.

Dalton McConney:He joined the Metropolitan Police in 1976. He served as a Constable at Battersea, Sergeant at Belgravia and a Recruit Instructor at Hendon Police College.

Sir Cliff Richard:With a home on the island, his knighthood, bestowed in the 1995 Birthday Honours for his tireless charity work, was the first such to be given to a pop star.

Marva Rollins:An active member of the community, she is founder member of numerous groups including The Sickle Cell Society, East London Black Women Organisation (ELBWO).

Walter Tull:In 1914 he was mentioned in despatches for his 'gallantry and coolness' under fire, he was recommended for the Military Cross . He was scouted by Tottenham Hotspur in 1908 and signed to the club. He played there until 1910 before transferring to Northampton Town.

Philemon Sealy:He qualified as a State Registered Nurse (SRN) and Registered Mental Nurse (RMN) and worked with the National Health Service.

Tony Sealey:In June 2007 he received an OBE in recognition of his outstanding contribution to business and his support for communities in the West Midlands region.

Menelik Shabazz:The film director, producer, educator and writer, is acknowledged as a pioneer in the development of independent Black British cinema.

Heather Small:As Part of M People, with hits such as 'Moving On Up', and 'One Night In Heaven' and albums like Elegant Slumming, Bizarre Fruit and Fresco achieving massive worldwide success.

Sam Springer:His political and trade union activity started in 1958. He played a very active role in the 1958 bus strike and served on the Transport and General Workers Union until his retirement.

Sir Michael Stoute:He was knighted in 1998 for services to tourism in Barbados, and in 2013 he trained Her Majesty’s horse Estimate, to win the Gold Cup at Royal Ascot.

Ralph Straker:He received a St Mellitus Medal in 2011 in recognition of his substantial contribution to the Christian life of London.

Carol Straker:Straker has delighted the world with her books such as Under the Mango Tree, a series of colouring books and Carol’s Dancing Adventures series.

Moira Stuart:Stuart's career in radio and television spans three decades. She has gone on to present every type of BBC News bulletin, before leaving in 2007.

Andrea Stuart:She has been published in numerous anthologies, her articles have been published in a range of newspapers and magazines.

Sir Kenneth Stuart:In 1986, he received an Honorary DSc from Queen’s University in Belfast.

Willis Wilkie:The London Borough of Ealing and the black education movement in London bear the imprint of Willis Darnley Wilkie’s tireless struggle for children’s education rights and social justice.

Stephen Wiltshire:For over 30 years, the name Stephen Wiltshire has been synonymous with finely-detailed, vigorous pen and ink drawings of the world’s great cities.

Kerry Waterman:Working as a New Scotland Yard Detective he has investigated numerous serious and complex cases, some of which have gained national media coverage.

Rev Wilfried Wood:He was Archdeacon of Southwark from 1982 until his consecration as area Bishop of Croydon in 1985, where he oversaw the Croydon Episcopal Area and assisted the Bishop of Southwark.

Gary Younge:Gary Younge is an author, broadcaster and editor-at-large for The Guardian.

Dr Kurt Lambert:Dr Lambert has over 20 years of investment and board experience building globally active companies.

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