Bajans celebrate across UK
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
Iweb performing in Birmingham.