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London: Sierra Leoneans dine in Jubilee celebrations

London: Sierra Leoneans dine in Jubilee celebrations

Saturday 12th February 2011, was not one of those ordinary days for Sierra Leoneans in London as they gathered at the Porchester Hall, West London, to celebrate their country’s 50th Independence Anniversary.

Organised by the Sierra Leone High Commission in the United Kingdom in collaboration with the 50th Anniversary Planning Committee in the United Kingdom, the programme attracted quite a large audience with friends and supporters of Sierra Leone being treated to a grand Dinner & Dance.

It was the second gathering for Sierra Leoneans in three weeks after a town hall meeting at the River of Life Hall on Hatcham Road, South East London, which eventually kick-started the Special Jubilee celebrations.

Information Attache & Publisher Sorie Sudan with Carlton Cole

Sierra Leone’s High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, His Excellency Edward Mohamed Turay thanked those present for their respective contributions towards the success of the programme.

He said the day is significant and historic for Sierra Leoneans both at home and abroad and called for total support and commitment towards the development of the country.

Executive of AWOL with Carlton Cole

Turay said Saturday’s occasion was just the start to the celebrations and that Sierra Leoneans will also be well treated on Independent Day on April 27, this year.

Earlier the mission’s Deputy High Commissioner Tamba Mansa Ngegba welcomed guests and thanked them for being part of what he described as ‘an important’ occasion.

(L-R) Deputy High Commissioner, Plataeu State Royal Highness and High Commissioner & his wife

Several distinguished personalities and groups graced the occasion – among them His Royal Highness of Plateau State, Nigeria and England and Westham footballer Carlton Cole, the executive of AWOL UK Branch to mention but a few.

There were stage performances by King Masco and Jungle Leaders who treated guests with some of their best hits.

The programme was co-piloted by Sierra Leonean-born UK-based broadcaster Jeff Shuman and Mimie Betts.

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