Sheffield Festival with added spice

Fun in the Sun.' Rasta Roy'

Fun in the Sun.' Rasta Roy'

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THOUSANDS of Sheffielders came together to celebrate 50 years of Jamaican independence as part of the Fun in the Sun festival.

The event - which held at Earl Marshal playing fields - has grown in size from last year, with a whopping 4,000 people attending.

Organiser Damian Davis, aka ‘King Kev’, whose business Caribbean Spice is the main sponsor of the event in Fir Vale, said: “It was a great day and lots of people turned out. It was more than we expected but everyone truly enjoyed the day.”

The event, which is now in its third year, took months to organise and already Damian is planning next year’s event.

“There will be a festival in 2013 an it will be bigger and better than this one,” he vowed.

Fun in the Sun also marked Jamaica the 50th anniversary of Jamaican independence, an occasion that was celebrated with a host of activities for people of all ages, including a vast range of Caribbean food stalls.

“I’d really like to thank all the people who came along and thanks all the people who supported the festival,” added Damian.

And while festival-goers celebrated 50 years of Jamaican independence, technical problems meant the crowds could not watch Usain Bolt run to victory as the projector had broken.

“That was a shame,” said Damian, “But most people at the festival were happy to watch the replay when they got home because they didn’t want to miss anything at Fun in the Sun.”