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The birth place of Jimmy Cliff to turn into a key tourist attraction in Jamaica

April 02, 2019 / travelandtourworld

Hon Edmund Bartlett, the Jamaican Tourism Minister, has expressed plans to completely develop the community of Somerton in St. James, where Jimmy Cliff, a cultural icon was born, into a prime tourism attraction.To quote Bartlett, “The town of Somerton holds the rich cultural history of some of the most celebrated Jamaicans such as former Prime Minister PJ Patterson, former Governor General Sir Howard Cooke’s family, Lennie Little-White, renowned filmmaker, Ms. Violet Neilson former Speaker of the House of Representatives and Bishop Herro Blair. Perhaps the most celebrated of all is Grammy award winning singer Jimmy Cliff who still lives in Somerton and even filmed some of his greatest work here. We are excited about this history that has helped to fashion the community and can be positioned and leveraged as a major tourism attraction and generate economic growth.”Minister Bartlett made the declaration at the formal groundbreaking for the Somerton to Fording road rehab...