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Barking and Dagenham Council celebrates 60 years of Ghanaian independence

PUBLISHED: 15:00 06 March 2017 | UPDATED: 16:04 06 March 2017

Councillors and members of the borough's Ghanaian community celebrate 60 years of independence at Barking town hall.

Councillors and members of the borough's Ghanaian community celebrate 60 years of independence at Barking town hall.

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Red, yellow and green fluttered proudly outside Barking town hall to mark six decades of Ghanaian independence.

Ghana's flag was raised for the first time at Barking town hall to celebrate 60 years of independence.Ghana's flag was raised for the first time at Barking town hall to celebrate 60 years of independence.

Today’s flag raising was the first in the borough since the former Gold Coast gained independence from Britain in 1957.

Speaking in Town Square after the national anthem, Cllr Sade Bright said: “As a council, we are proud of the number of Ghanaians who work, do business and call Barking and Dagenham home and we are proud to be celebrating with them today.

“I wish our Ghanaian residents a happy independence Day – and hope that the celebrations will be a fitting tribute to the wonderful country and its people.”

Councillors and members of the Ghana High Commission and Ghanaian community also enjoyed a themed cake and speeches, including one from council leader Darren Rodwell.

Event organiser Dorothy Akwaboah added: “Ghana was the first country to gain independence from Britain and I’m proud we are celebrating this here.”


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