30 September, 2017 @ 6:30 pm


London; September 2017


Jamaica55 Official Independence
Gala Dinner & Dance, Saturday, 30th September 2017
at the Millennium Gloucester Hotel

As part of a year long commemoration for Jamaica’s 55th Independence celebrations, the Jamaican High Commission, London, has joined forces with the Jamaica55 Charity Group to host a Gala Dinner & Dance on Saturday, 30th September 2017, at the luxurious Millennium Gloucester Hotel.  The event is in aid of the Adopt-a-Clinic health programme in Jamaica, which has also been adopted by the High Commission as a UK Legacy Project.

The Gala Dinner and Dance which promises to be an evening filled with delicious food, music and entertainment is being supported by Sir Lenny Henry, CBE, Chancellor, Birmingham City University.  Entertainment on the evening will be many and varied.  Leading the celebrations will be the UK Lovers Rock Queen, Carroll Thompson, the lady known as Jamaica’s First Lady of Jazz, Dr. Myrna Hague and bringing it all together will be the Ozim Zim Band.

“This will be a night of celebrations with good company, sumptuous food and wonderful entertainment”, says the High Commissioner, H.E. Seth George Ramocan.  There is also a host of amazing raffle prizes including stays in luxurious hotels in Jamaica, dinners at a number of prestigious restaurants, as well as an auction on the night.”

“We’re also thrilled that many high profile Jamaicans like Sir Lenny will join us to mark our country’s 55th milestone”, says High Commissioner Ramocan.

The theme for this year’s commemoration is ‘Celebrating Jamaicans at Home & Abroad’. Activities will continue to take place across the country throughout the year, each with the primary purpose of encouraging second, third and fourth generation Jamaicans in the UK to expand on the legacy built by those pioneers who’ve contributed so much to the development of, not only their Island home, but the UK.

Tickets are on sale now at a cost of £90 each for the Gala Dinner. Please contact the Jamaican High Commission at 0207 808 8016 /8018 /8049 or jamhigh@jhcuk.com / cro@jhcuk.com.

For media enquiries, please contact the Marketing & PR team on 07716 289 717 or email ja55charitiesgroup@gmail.com.




Prizes & Surprises                  

  • Grand Palladium, Lady Hamilton (AI) – seven (7) nights all inclusive plus possible airline ticket
  • Melia Braco Village (AI) – five (5) nights all inclusive
  • Two (2) copies of the publication entitled ‘Bolt-Legend”
  • Catering for 10-15 persons, Compliments of Dutchie’s Caribbean Restaurant and Grace Foods UK

Fund Raising Raffle                  

In addition to the Gala Dinner there will be a fund raising Raffle for many attractive prizes. Cost per ticket is £2.00 and a Book of  5 will cost £10:00

  • 1st Prize: : 7 nights (EP) at Rooms on the Beach, Ocho Rios (Courtesy of the Jamaica Tourist Board)
  • 2nd Prize: Luxury Spa for Two with lunch and wine at De Vere (Courtesy of the Mary Seacole Memorial Association)
  • 3rd Prize: Premium Jamaican Rum Gift basket (Courtesy of the Jamaican High Commission)
  • 4th Prize: Dinner for two at the Brasserie Vacherin (Courtesy of the Brasserie Vacherin)

Jamaica55 runs between June 2017 – August 2018.

Full details of all events can be found on the website www.jamaica55.uk 

Carroll Thompson born 1960 is a British lovers rock singer, best known for her work in the 1980s.  As with many of her contemporaries, Thompson began singing in church. In the mid-1970s, she began working as a backing singer at several recording studios.  Eventually, she embarked on a solo career, with early successes in the shape of Lovers rock singles “I’m So Sorry” (produced by the now London-based Leonard Chin) and “Simply In Love”, which both topped the reggae chart in 1981, the same year seeing the release of her debut album.

She won two GLR Reggae Awards in 1982, for Best Female Performer and Best Song (for “Hopelessly In Love”). In 1983, she won further awards, again winning Best Female Performer at the GLR awards.

Thompson has gone on to record duets with many well known reggae artists including Sugar Minott with whom she recorded (“Make It With You”) and Trevor Walters (“Love Won’t Let Us Wait”), just to name but a few.  She has continued with regular solo reggae hits.  She’s also worked as session singer with many notable celebrities including, the late Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Natalie Cole, Robbie Williams, Boy George, Sting, Chaka Khan…. And the list goes on, and on.

Dr. Myrna Hague-Bradshaw, better known as Myrna Hague, known as “Jamaica’s First Lady of Jazz”, is a Jamaican lovers rock and jazz singer and actress, who recorded for Coxsone Dodd’s Studio One for whom she recorded the Melody Life album. Melody Life included some of her most popular singles, including the title track, “How Could I Live”, and the First Cut is the Deepest. Her career began in the mid-1960s during which time, she performed at jazz venues in London.

Hague is a member of the board of the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC), and a former tutor at the Jamaica School of Music. She’s won numerous awards during her career.

In 2004, Hague was diagnosed with breast cancer, but has since made a full recovery.

More recently she’s toured internationally as guest vocalist with the renowned Jazz Jamaica, and as part of Women In Jazz and the Jamaica Big Band.

In October 2015 Hague was awarded the Silver Musgrave Medal for her contribution to music.  Later that month she received a Doctorate in Cultural Studies from the University of the West Indies.


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