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Golden hopes for Jamaica's parties.

Byline: NEIL ATKINSON

THOUSANDS are expected to turn out this weekend to celebrate all things Jamaican.

The Jamaica is 50 celebrations will be spread over two days, with events centred on Greenhead Park.

And the organisers hope to cap the weekend celebrations late on Sunday evening by screening a Jamaican victory for Usain Bolt in the Olympics 100m final.

The race will be screened live on big screens in the park and Joan Flowers, one of the festival officials, said: "The probability of Jamaicans in positions 1, 2 and 3 are high".

The festival to celebrate Jamaica's independence will get under way on Sunday lunchtime with a service at Holy Trinity Church, Huddersfield.

It will be led by the Rev Calvert Prentis and others taking part include John Clarke, from the Jamaican High Commissioners Office, the Rev Warren Clark and the Rev Patrick Pryce.

There will be music from Kashelle Taylor and an address from the Mayor of Kirklees, Clr David Ridgway.

After the service, the guests will take part in a parade across to Greenhead Park where the events will be opened at 2pm.

Mrs Flowers said: "We walk in procession with the Jamaican flag to the park stage for the opening landmark ceremony.

"This Goldrush event has local and international performers, with the headline artist being Freddie McGreggor and The Ruff Cut Band.

"We've also got the comedian Tom 'Pale Face' Hendricks and more music from the likes of Nu Popes, Ossie Gad, Global Reggae, Dezzi Dee and Setah Sounds.

"The following day sees the actual commemoration of independence day, with the Jamaican flag raised on Huddersfield To w n Hall .

"There will also be the 1962 independence proclamation from the Queen read by the Deputy Lieutenant, and we will be sharing memories of the day 50 years ago from some of our Jamaican residents.

"It is an event for the whole of Huddersfield and not just the Jamaican community."

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* TIME TO PARTY: The cover of the programme for the Goldrush celebration * TIME TO WIN: The crowd will want to cheer on Jamaican sprint legend Usain Bolt.
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