Independence Special: Jamaica @ 60 & Beyond

NAME OF FEATURE | THE GLEANER | SUNDAY, JULY 31, 2022 10 INDEPENDENCE SPECIAL: JAMAICA @ 60 AND B YOND F ATURE | THE GLEANER | SUNDAY, JULY 31, 2022 jamaica at ROAD TO INDEPENDENCE of the Commonwealth. “It will be my Government’s constant aim to develop still further its existing ties with the Commonwealth and to play its part in helping to live up to the aims for which the Commonwealth stands freedom, co-operation and progress.” The Throne Speech referred to the continuing problem of finding adequate employment opportunities particularly for young Jamaicans, as one of the serious challenges the Government faced, and pointed to the preparation of a comprehensive plan, designed to further development. The Speech concluded with congratulations to Jamaica’s leaders who guided the country so well in the past and good wishes to the Parliament. Long before the Royal party was due to set out for King’s House crowds line the route, they were thickest in the vicinity of Gordon House where a guard-of-honour of the First Battalion, the Jamaica Regiment, was in position. One thousand Jamaicans also celebrated at the Guildhall on Monday night. There were celebrations in Toronto, in Havana in New York, and other part of the United States and in fact wherever a Jamaican community exists. As a climax in the celebrations, it was announced last night that Jamaica had applied to join the United Nations. SCARLET ROBES Guests were seated outside the Bar on the floor of the chamber and in the galleries. The judges made a colourful picture as, in their scarlet robes and full-bottomed wigs, they filled in headed by the Chief Justice, the Hon Sir Colin MacGregor. Members of the Senate, led by the President, the Hon C.C. Campbell, and of the House of Representatives, led by the be wigged Speaker, the Hon Tacius Golding, then came in and took their places to hear the proclamation summoning Parliament read by the Clerk, Mr Dossy Carberry. The Lord Bishop of Jamaica, the Rt Rev Percival Gibson, then led the assembly in prayers and blessed the new Parliament. Then came the great moment as the Princess entered the chamber escorted by Lord Snowdon and preceded by the Sergeant at Arms. They were followed by His Excellency the Governor General Sir Kenneth Blackburne and Lady Blackburne and other members of CELEBRATES CONTINUED FROM 8 Stranger no know where da deep water in de pass TRANSLATION: A stranger does not know where the deep water is. (Beckwith) EXPLANATION: A caution against undertaking to do something you don’t fully understand. (Anderson, Cundall) OLE TIME PEOPLE USED TO SAY ... PLEASE SEE CELEBRATES, 12

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