Jamaican Memories

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Yesterday we visited The Field Community Centre in Forest Gate. They meet regularly every Friday evening to play their dominoes. A lively bunch of locals, mainly from a Jamaican background. We talked specifically to three individuals though we had lots of others join in to make it a group discussion now and again.  And it was so nice for it to be in a different setting – a summery evening so we sat outside on the street.

There were so many diverse memories, mainly to do with making things; kites and gig (a kind of spinning top) but fascinating was Ludo. Along with dominoes it’s almost considered the national games of Jamaica. Roy Graham (pictured above) showed us his homemade ludo board – very different to the factory style versions we get in Europe. So nice to see a much more lively way of playing it as well that involves shouting and slamming those dice down!

Soundbites are on our oral history page: https://bestdaysofourlivesproject.wordpress.com/oral-histories/

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