Ba­jans cel­e­brate across UK

UK Barbados Nation - - NEWS - By TY­RONE ROACH

BAR­BA­DI­ANS and friends over the length and breadth of the UK came out in their num­bers to cel­e­brate Bar­ba­dos 52nd year of In­de­pen­dence.

Na­tional groups in Manch­ester, Birm­ing­ham, and Read­ing hosted for­mal events while in Lon­don the tra­di­tional dances held sway. The num­ber of In­de­pen­dence events on the same date was prob­a­bly a record.

In the town of Manch­ester, sit­u­ated 160 miles north-west of Lon­don and, ac­cord­ing to lo­cal folk­lore, two de­grees colder, the Car­moor Road Com­mu­nity Cen­tre was the venue. Manch­ester is home to one of the old­est Bar­ba­dian groups, the Bar­ba­dos As­so­ci­a­tion Manch­ester, and the cen­tre is the spir­i­tual home of the group.

The walls were draped in Bar­ba­dos’ na­tional colours of ul­tra­ma­rine, gold and black, with the

same colours cov­er­ing the ta­bles. In the back­ground, spouge and Ba­jan folk­songs were play­ing, which cre­ated an am­bi­ence that made you feel like you were trans­ported back to Bar­ba­dos de­spite the bit­ing cold wind.

Starters of fish­cakes and souse were a pre­cur­sor to a Ba­jan meal that in­cluded all the favourites in­clud­ing fly­ing fish, mac­a­roni pie and fried chicken, served by mem­bers of the group.

After the meal, the for­mal pre­sen­ta­tions to var­i­ous mem­bers and the raf­fle, the din­ers

(GP)

Iweb per­form­ing in Birm­ing­ham.

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