LONDON – Despite the heavy downpour and a rainy week in London, the 4th Annual Grenadian Heritage Day was convened at the Old Lyonian Sports and Social Club in Pinner, Harrow, London on Saturday July 14th 2012, with scores of Grenadians and friends sampling tasty Grenadian cuisine, fruits, vegetables, arts, craft, culture, entertainment, on display, as Grenada’s Heritage was showcased for the fourth year running.
The idea, conceived in 2009, is aimed at educating second and succeeding generation Grenadians about their Heritage, and showcasing Grenadian Culture, Expertise and Cuisine.
Since the first event proved to be a tremendous success, the High Commissioner for Grenada and the Grenadian Community Groups in the United Kingdom, decided to make it an annual event.
The Event was Officially Opened by The Worshipful The Mayor of Harrow, Councillor Nizam Ismail accompanied by the Lady Mayoress, who warmly welcomed the culture of Grenada to Harrow.
The event was also graced by the presence of L/Cpl Dr Johnson Beharry VC, as well as Anthony George, Designer of the Grenada Flag and the Grenada Olympic Team, led by Conrad Francis, Chef de Mission.
The gathering took the opportunity to wish the team success at the games.
Several Grenadian Community Groups, individuals and supporters showcased their artistic talent with a variety of dishes, artistic creations and a wide range of performers in a variety of disciplines.
The Diaspora Youth Forum (DYF) UK took the opportunity to increase the awareness of Grenada’s Heritage among the 2nd and succeeding generation Grenadians, with a corn-roasting stall and Grenadian-style snow ice, while the Diaspora Consultative Committee (DCC) UK also participated to raise funds for Educational Development in Grenada and raise awareness about the Homecoming Events August 5th – 18th 2012.
The Grenada Co-operative Bank (a.k.a. the Diaspora Bank), for the second time, participated in the Heritage Day and sensitised visitors on the facilities the Bank had in place for persons in the Diaspora.
Grenadians came from various parts of the United Kingdom including Manchester, Reading, Huddersfield, Birmingham, Wales and from several communities in and around London.
The High Commissioner for Grenada, Ruth Rouse, was high in praise for the Chair of the Heritage Day Committee, Claude Sylvester and his team, for their dedicated service to Grenada, in planning and executing the event.
Special thanks also went out to the stall-holders, sponsors in the UK and Grenada, including the Grenada Co-operative Bank Ltd., The Grenada Board of Tourism (UK), The Grenada Marketing and National Importing Board, Noelville Ltd., Grenada Distillers Ltd., and all others who took time out to support the event and raffle, which included a trip to Grenada
The proceeds of the event will go towards a chosen Heritage-related Project in Grenada.
The 5thAnnual Grenadian Heritage Day will be convened in London on Saturday July 13th 2013.