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Fifty is Jamaica’s big number

STRIKE A POSE: The community imitate Usain Bolt outside Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery

THE OLYMPIC buzz is growing across the generations in Birmingham with 50 days to go before the Games get underway.

So a group of at least 50 members of the African Caribbean community decided to celebrate the 50 days with a visit to a unique exhibition celebrating Jamaica’s 50th anniversary of independence.

“We thought it was well worth celebrating just 50 days to go before the Jamaican athletes start winning some gold medals in London,” said Joan ‘LJ’ Hunter a presenter with Newstyle Radio, based at the African Caribbean Millennium Centre (ACMC) in Winson Green.

“Since it was half term we decided to get children and grandparents all together and visit the ‘Jamaica 50’ exhibition at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery.

“We’ve had some great fun despite the rain and it’s got us all in the mood for the exciting days ahead.”

The group couldn’t resist striking the famous Usain Bolt archer pose on the steps of the museum in Great Charles Street.

The Jamaica 50 exhibition, which runs until the end of September, has been organised by Annette Robinson, of the community-based group The Kingsway Project.

The exhibition has received help from the Arts Council, the Drum and the international development agency RAFFA.

Shirley Finch, a receptionist at ACMC, who was on the trip with her daughter and grandson, said: “It’s a beautifully thought out exhibition with so much information. It’s a must see for anyone with Jamaican roots or an interest in Jamaica’s life and history.”

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