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Jamaica 57 | Flashback to ‘62

Published:Wednesday | August 7, 2019 | 12:00 AM
The Caribbean Cement Company in Rockfort, Kingston.
The Ward Theatre in downtown Kingston was presented to the city in 1962 by the late Lieutenant Colonel James Ward, for many years custos of Kingston.
A solemn Pontifical mass marking the island’s Independence was celebrated at Holy Trinity Cathedral.
In this 1962 Gleaner photograph, Speaker of the House Tacius Golding (centre) is ‘forced’, in the playful tradition, to take the chair. Edward Seaga (left) and Donald Sangster do the honours. Golding was Jamaica’s first speaker in the independent era, but the first speaker overall was Felix Gordon Veitch.
Gleaner front page, August 8, 1962
A 1962 file photo of Frome Sugar Estate, Jamaica’s largest.
This was the scene at Grants Pen Road with persons celebrating Independence Day on Monday, August 6, 1962, by dancing in the streets. In the background is the truck on which Count Casie and his band provided the music for the happy folk to twist, jive and rock.
1962: Angela Hochoy, 11, the Kingston Champion who emerged All-Island Spelling Bee Champion, receives one of her prizes, £50, and a handshake from Mrs S.G. Fletcher, wife of the managing director of The Gleaner Company Limited, sponsors of the contest. The prize-giving took place at a luncheon held at the Sheraton Kingston Hotel in Angela’s honour on August 16.
December 5, 1962: Sir Clifford Campbell addresses the vast crowd after being sworn in as the new governor general of Jamaica.

As Jamaica begins the journey into its 58th year of Independence, The Gleaner takes a look back in our archives.