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Boston jerk fest returns home

Cecelia Campbell-Livingston Observer staff reporter
Sunday, April 01, 2012


BOSTON Jerk Festival, which was started in 2000, is returning to its home.

This year's event dubbed — Cran Wata Boston Jerk Festival — is scheduled for Sunday, April 8, at the Boston Community Centre, Portland.

Shirlon Weir, one of the event's organisers, said this year's planning committee thought it was quite fitting to return the festival to its roots, as Boston is recognised as the home of jerk. The festival has been held in Folly since 2006.

"For the past few years, we have been without our festival at the home of jerk. So we are gonna bring back the festival to the home of jerk," said Weir, pointing out he intends to hold the event annually.

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Weir said the festival will be a family event with clean fun and quality entertainment.

"You can expect a day of fun-filled activities and a first-class, family-oriented entertainment package," he said, adding performers this year include Beenie Man, Chris Martin, Fab Five, Tinga Stewart, Hero, and gospel singer Sandra Brooks.

He said the festival will also be honouring Patrice Wymore-Flynn, widow of the late Errol Flynn.

"In commemorating Jamaica's 50th year of Independence, we can't think of a better time than now to honour not only a living legend, but someone we see as the official first citizen of Boston," he added.

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