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Lorna Boothe, former Commonwealth hurdles champion, manager and trainer, shares her optimism on the future of athletics. The Commonwealth Games and World Athletics are set to be the crowning-points of a busy years for track and field. Lorna would like also to see an international Triangular Diaspora Games for Jamaican heritage athletes in Jamaica, the United Kingdom and North America – very appropriate in the year of the country’s 60th anniversary of independence. We meet Lorna at Athletics and Netball

Roland Butcher, former Test cricketer, looks back on his debut for England against West Indies in his homeland, Barbados, forty years ago and expresses his views on T20 and the modern game. With the island celebrating its new status as a republic Roland lets us know what he has been doing since he returned to Barbados as a coach. We meet Roland at Cricket

Arif Ali didn’t invent the UK Black / West Indian press but he made sure that the efforts of the pioneers were secured. His empire of Hansib Publications established its own landmark and legacy. Caribcommx looks at Arif’s contribution with a special eye to the earlier, formative years, and intends to return in a future edition to the years of fruition. We meet Arif Ali at Media

Nicki Lodge was the initial winner of the first UK West Indian beauty contest to have overall acceptance. As Miss JOFFA (Jamaica Overseas Families and Friends Association) she set the tone and standards for the many subsequent winners of all titles to follow. Nicki tells how she came to enter the contest, how she felt on the night, and how she fulfilled her duties. We meet Nicki Lodge at Beauty Contest

Mrs Ethel Kerr (with her professional partner the late Mrs Desmie McLean) has been the most prolific promoter of UK West Indian beauty contests. Yet such was the male dominance of the industry at the time that she is hardly mentioned in its histories. Caribcommx has set the record straight and pay tribute to the contribution Mrs Kerr, now 101 years of age, has made to the community through her promotions.  We meet Mrs Ethel Kerr on Golden Times

Vivien Parsons, 18 years-old, from the Afewee club in Brixton, South London won the England Boxing National Amateur Championship (female – under 60 kg) with a first round victory over Lily Henderson at the Spiceball Leisure Centre in Banbury. The referee stopped the contest after her opponent sustained a bruised rib. Parsons was punching well and accurately at the stoppage. With our thanks to England Boxing we can meet Vivien Parsons in the Video Section

Schoolgirl Pauline Peart shocked beauty contests by winning the Miss JOFFA crown against more favoured contestants, and she kept on shocking the public with her stage/screen career including roles in the Hammer horror films. She tells as about the cold night at the Royal Lancaster Hotel, and her subsequent activities. Read Pauline on Beauty Contests. ... Read more

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