It was a beautiful Sunday with weather predicted to remain cool and stable. This was the day the Air Passenger Duty Tax re-banding committee staged their outdoor family funday at Blagdons Cricket Club in New Malden Surrey.
With a cricket match featuring a few local notables and games for the kids including a bouncy castle and mini cricket matches there were food stalls, book stalls, drinks stalls and the prolific Caribbean telecommunications provider DIGICEL. Music was provide by DJ Mr Marlon which had people dancing and singing to their favourite reggae, calypso and soca tunes. The Ebony Steel Band were a hit as they put to pan some classic Caribbean folk and pop tunes. Ms Nataylia Roni sung a couple of songs for the dining guests.
The highlight of the day’s event was the visit of the High Commissioner for Jamaica, H.E Mrs. Aloun Ndombet-Assamba. HC Ndombet-Assamba who was assisted by double crotches to aid her walking graced the event and spoke at a special dinner for dignitaries and guests. She stressed her personal and her colleagues’ recognition of the work of the committee and provided some insight into the genesis of the struggle by Caribbean governments since 2009 to present a fairer system of taxing Caribbean bound travellers.
Chairman of the Air Passenger Duty re-Banding Committee, Mr Gilmour Smith praised the efforts of the committee members for their dedication and hard work in making the day possible. He too spoke of the need to be resolute and unrelenting if the objectives of the committee are to be realised. The event went on until 7 pm and provided an opportunity for the planning of many more successful events in the future.
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