The Blue Plaque on Bob Marley’s former Neasden home was one of the highlights as the High Commissioner H.E. Seth George Ramocan’s official visit to the London Borough of Brent last month. He also visited a number of Jamaican cultural sites across Brent including the Blue Plaque’s of singer Liz Mitchell, of the reggae/disco band Boney M, Dennis Brown, famously known as “The Crown Prince of Reggae” and the Reggae Band the Cimarons.
Brent has been designated London Borough of Culture for 2020 and Reggae will form a central part of these celebrations.
During the visit High Commissioner Ramocan met with Cllr Ernest Ezeajughi, The Deputy Mayor of Brent, other councillors and executives of the Brent Council including Councillor Muhammed Butt Leader of the Council and Chief Executive Caroline Downs.
Cllr Ezeajughi said, “It is an honour to welcome His Excellency, the Jamaican High Commissioner. Our borough has a great wealth of Jamaican culture and history and it is wonderful that we had the opportunity to celebrate this together.”
Also visited several local Jamaican businesses including the historic Hawkeye record Shop, One Stop restaurant , the BEATS Community Radio station and the Sickle Cell Centre.
The visit ended with a community meeting at the Willesden Seventh Day Aventis Church hosted by Pastor Dr. Mario Phillips. High Commissioner Ramocan updated the ausie on development in Jamaica noting that the island was seeikng recod levels ot rouis arrivals and continued economic growth. On the issue of crime he said the measures implement by the government had seen decreases in murders and other crime last year and that the efforts to reduce the island’s crime was continuing with the allocation of a total of $9.2 billion to the national security ministry.
The High Commissioner was accompanied on the visit by Minister Counsellor for Diaspora and Consular Affairs Mrs. Tracey Blackwood and Community Relations Officer, Mrs. Vivienne Siva. Councillor Orleen Hylton; Mr. Norman Mullings, Chair of the Learie Constantine Centre and Veteran Musician
Mr. Delroy Washington facilitated the High Commissioner’s visit.