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Islington raises flag to mark Jamaica 50

ISLINGTON COUNCIL have raised the Jamaican flag above the Town Hall today, to mark the 50th anniversary of Jamaica's Independence.

Islington Mayor, Jilani Chowdhury, invited leading members of Islington's Jamaican community to the Town Hall to celebrate the landmark.

Cllr Catherine West, Leader of Islington Council, said: "We're delighted to fly the Jamaican flag over Islington Town Hall today to mark 50 years of independence."

"We all know about 'Jamaica in the Olympics' but not everyone knows about 'Jamaica in Islington'."

"Islington's strength is our diversity and today we celebrate the distinctive contribution of our Jamaican residents in culture, commerce and education," she added.

Taking a break from his Olympic Policing Co-ordination duties to speak at the event, Superintendent Leroy Logan, MBE, who was born and educated in Islington and of Jamaican heritage, said: "The Olympics has not just given us a feel good factor but has focused attention on the value of sport in giving young people lifeskills."

"I hope that the legacy of these games can be seen in greater investment in youth and leisure services," he continued.

Islington's Jamaican flag raising comes less than 24 hours after Usain Bolt's historic victory in the Men's 100m Final at the London 2012 Olympic Games.

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