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Published:Friday | February 24, 2012 | 12:00 AM
From Left: Britist High Commissioner, Howard Drake, Jamaica Olympic Committee's (JOC), Mike Fennell, Deputy High Commissioner, Graham Glover and Minister of State in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Honourable Arnoldo Brown at an 2012 Olympic visa update reception.
Jetaway Travel Services' Pamela Reece and Graham Glover, deputy high commissioner at the British High Commission, exchange business cards.
From left: Head of the Passport Immigration Citizenship Agency, Jennifer McDonald, Jetaway Travel Services' Judie O'Sullivan, and Steve Burns, first secretary migration, British High Commission, at a 2012 Olympic visa update reception at the High Commission in Kingston on Monday night.
The British High Commission's Charial Thompson hangs out with Peggy Fennell.
From left: Tracey Blackwood of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Joe Bolton and Karen Williams of the British High Commission spend time together.
Debbie and Don Fenneh of the United States Embassy have a private moment as they attend the reception.
Sterling Travel Services' Marjorie Barnes (left) and Claudette Graham had the attention of the United States Embassy's Matthew Underwood.
From left: The United States Embassy's Nathan and Bernadette Halat exchanging business cards with SportMax's Newton Robertson.
Joanne Glover (left), wife of the deputy British high commissioner, and Samara South, the British High Commission's press and political assistant, at a United Kingdom (UK) visa update reception held specifically to advise the media and travel agents about the importance of Jamaicans applying early for a visa if travelling to the UK this summer, or for purposes of the 2012 Olympic. The reception was hosted by the British High Commission in Kingston on Monday night. - Photos by Janet Silvera
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Janet Silvera, Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU:

British High Commissioner Howard Drake transformed the sprawling lawns of his Trafalgar Road residence on Monday night, allowing the media and travel experts front-seat views into visa application requirements for Jamaicans visiting the United Kingdom (UK) this summer.

With the 2012 Olympics clashing with the usual busy summer traffic, High Commissioner Drake is urging locals to apply now and not wait until the last minute.

"Millions of people will visit the UK this year and we want to make it a fantastic experience for our country," he told the gathering, which included a number of persons from the United States Embassy, and Jamaica Olympic Committee's Michael Fennell and wife Peggy.

In fact, as the high commissioner noted, Jamaica will be front, left and centre, as the 100 metres finals will be held a day before the island celebrates its 50th year of Independence.

So, as the UK High Commission commits to offering "very good service" on the visa front, our Social pages bring you highlights of the reception.

janet.silvera@gleanerjm.com



CAPTION: Joanne Glover (left), wife of the deputy British high commissioner, and Samara South, the British High Commission's press and political assistant, at a United Kingdom (UK) visa update reception held specifically to advise the media and travel agents about the importance of Jamaicans applying early for a visa if travelling to the UK this summer, or for purposes of the 2012 Olympic. The reception was hosted by the British High Commission in Kingston on Monday night. - Photos by Janet Silvera