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July 14, 2012
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Mayor Brown Burke announces major shopping extravaganza downtown

Mayor of Kingston, Senator Angela Brown Burke has announced a mega three-day open shopping extravaganza downtown from July 26 to 28.

The venture, themed 'SUMMER SIZZLE SAVINGS', forms part of celebrations marking Jamaica's 50th year of Independence and the 140th anniversary of the City of Kingston, the nation's capital. It will see downtown transformed into a shopper's paradise, with the St William Grant Park outfitted to accommodate registered vendors and with the articipation of stores downtown.

The mayor made the announcement during the meeting of the Kingston and St Andrew Corporation's (KSAC) council on Tuesday.

The Jamaica Chamber of Commerce is partnering with the KSAC to host the event, which is expected to inject new life into shopping downtown and forms part of a drive to renew downtown Kingston, including its business and commercial aspects.

"Stores will be open early and some prices will be slashed by as much as 70 per cent. Bargain indeed!" Brown Burke said.

Turning to other aspects of Jamaica 50 celebrations, Brown Burke stated that during the week of August 1-6, the KSAC would be presenting 50 certificates to visitors coming to join in its festivities, among other activities.

"For those of you who haven't taken a visit to cultural yard at the Norman Manley Airport, I invite you to do so," Brown Burke said.

She also noted that in October, the KSAC would be hosting a series of events in collaboration with businesses downtown including a church service at the East Queen Street Baptist Church.

"Later this year, we will be hosting the Kingston City Sizzle, a day of music and celebration, downtown."

Brown Burke announced that screens would be installed to broadcast live feed of the Olympic events beginning later this month. "Downtown will be joining Half-Way Tree this year in securing live feed to the Olympics so that we can enjoy the games together and make it a more meaningful experience," she said.

She also announced that in response to an invitation from the Coventry City Council in London, Kingston's Deputy Mayor, Councillor Andrew Swaby, and Town Clerk Errol Greene had been authorised to take part in that city's Olympic celebrations.

Before closing, Brown Burke exhorted councillors to be mindful of the legacy of National Hero The Rt Excellent Norman Washington Manley, whose birth was celebrated recently.

"Today, we sit in this chamber, inheritors of this legacy. As we celebrate these and other achievements of the first 50 years, we have an obligation to also reflect on our own contribution to this nation. We need to be clear on what we would want generations, years from now, to say when they look at our work in the second 50 years as a sovereign nation," she observed.

Using the words of Sir Alexander Bustamante, the mayor also encouraged councillors to be inspired by Manley's "integrity of character, his unselfish patriotism, his fervour for his party without personal animosity, and his wholesome family life, an inspiration and stimulation to all of us."

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