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Giant patty for Jamaica 50

INDEPENDENCE GIFT: Wade Lyn with his giant jerk chicken patty

WITH JAMAICA celebrating 50 years of independence on Monday (August 6), what better way to mark the milestone than baking a giant 50-inch wide patty?

This is what Wade Lyn decided to do with one of Jamaica's most beloved food items at his award-winning Caribbean snacks firm in Birmingham.

He also hopes his super-sized delicacy, the aptly named Jerk Chicken Patty, will win a place in the record books.

The bumper bake-off at Hockley-based Cleone Foods was also carried out to support a local charity. The giant patty will be donated to a local Handsworth hostel via the Birmingham Central Food Bank.

Lyn, who founded the company in 1989, said: “We felt what better way to celebrate Jamaica’s 50th anniversary of independence than to bake a world record breaking Island Delight Patty!”

The businessman had a visit from Anthony Hylton, Jamaica's Minister of Industry, Investment and Commerce, now in Birmingham to secure future investment for Jamaica.

Hylton made a special trip to Lyn’s Island Delight Patty firm to see the spectacle for himself.

TOP AWARD: Prince Charles presents Wade Lyn (far right) with his UK Small Business of the Year award. Also pictured are Simon Noble, project manager and Wade's daughter Cleo Lyn

The minister is now among Cleone Foods fans that include Prince Charles, who recently crowned Lyn’s company UK Small Business of the Year at the prestigious Business in the Community Awards in London.

After the ceremony Lyn, whose 50 staff bake up to 150,000 patties each week, sent a special hamper to Clarence House in London where it had a royal seal of approval.

The company supplies patties across the UK to many outlets including Sainsbury’s, Asda, Tesco and the Co-op.

Cleone Foods is also taking part in Jamaica in the Square, Birmingham’s five-day celebration of all things Jamaican.

The event will include the raising of the Jamaican flag outside Birmingham Council House in Victoria Square on Independence Day.

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