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Grenadian independence and twinning with Hackney is celebrated

PUBLISHED: 09:19 16 February 2015 | UPDATED: 09:19 16 February 2015

Hackney's friendship with Grenada was celebrated on the 41st anniversary of the country's indepdendence

Hackney's friendship with Grenada was celebrated on the 41st anniversary of the country's indepdendence

Dieter Perry

Residents with ties to Grenada attended a special ceremony on February 7 to mark the country's independence and the celebration of Grenada's twinning relationship with Hackney.

The ceremony at Hackney Town Hall, in Mare Street, featured the raising of the Grenadian flag and was also attended by Cllr Sharon Patrick, Speaker of Hackney.

The event was the first in what is to become an annual gathering to celebrate the borough’s friendship with the Caribbean country, notably highlighted by staff swaps that exist between Homerton Hospital and Grenada’s St George’s Hospital.

Event organiser and Homerton resident Eric Kato, 82, said: “It went fine; it was lovely. Grenadian independence was on February 7 1974 and Hackney is twinned with Grenada, which not many people know. We raised the flag which gave a bit more emphasis on the twinning relationship.

“It is important because we have a big Grenadian community in Hackney and what I am hoping to do, is to make it an annual event.”

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