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Governor General visits UK school

Published:Tuesday | May 21, 2013 | 12:00 AM
Governor General Sir Patrick Allen (seated) tries his hand at making movies as he participates in a media class at the Evelyn Grace Academy in Brixton, southeast London, last week Friday. Looking on are (from left) Devon Hanson, principal of the school; Aloun Ndombet Assamba, Jamaica's high commissioner to the United Kingdom; and Lady Allen. - Contributed

George Ruddock, Contributor

Governor General Sir Patrick Allen and Lady Allen visited a secondary school in Brixton, South London, England, last week Friday at the start of a four-day visit to the United Kingdom (UK). The visit was part of celebrations marking Jamaica National Building Society's 25th year of operating in the UK.

Sir Patrick, Lady Allen and Jamaica's High Commissioner Aloun Ndombet Assamba were welcomed at the Evelyn Grace Academy by Jamaica-born principal Devon Hanson, who took them on a tour of the school and its facilities. Sir Patrick said he was impressed with the academy which has over 800 students in attendance, 60 per cent of whom have links to Jamaica or the Caribbean through their parents.

Jamaica National Building Society established offices in the UK in 1988. Jamaicans in the UK diaspora represent its largest overseas membership base.