The Leeds branch of the Jamaica society celebrated the 57th anniversary of the independence of Jamaica with a service held at St Aidan’s on Sunday 4th August 2019.
Several floral displays were created by the St Martin’s flower team. These included two large arrangements. One had pride of place in the church itself and the other was placed in the church hall.
The team also arranged nine smaller displays in yellow and green pots on the tables in the church hall. The colours in the displays echoed the green, yellow and black colours of the national flag of Jamaica. The Jamaican flag was also included in each of the two large displays. Tropical flowers and foliage such as green anthuriums and palm fronds were used in the arrangements as well as yellow peppers. The latter were not true scotch bonnets but still gave a flavour of the island .
The theme of the service was “Triumph Over Adversity”. The sermon was given by Revd Jasmine Comrie. Revd Diana Zanker welcomed the congregation and Revd Dorothy Stewart delivered the prime minister’s message.
At the end of the praise and thanksgiving service, refreshments were served in the church hall.