Jamaica– Who Was Jim Russell?

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Jim Russell!

Most senior Kingstonians may know him as Registrar of Births and Deaths. In that position, Jim Russell had a chance to encounter everyone in the parish, in joy or sorrow, and as Civil Registrar of Marriages he met in his Church Street office an endless stream of couples representing every section of society. However, did you know of his theatrical career?

Thanks to the dedicated work of Dr. Joy Lumsden, this week’s ‘labrish’ will highlight his theatre connection before the Pantomime.

Daily Gleaner, January 2, 1937 
“A rollicking company of artistes brought in the New Year right merrily for a goodly sized audience at the Ward Theatre concert yesterday forenoon. There was music, comedy and dancing and a very enjoyable two hours was spent by those who were wise enough to attend. Mr. Jim Russell, the promoter, and his artistes are to be complimented on a very fine show”

If Eric Coverley, Blanche Savage, Granville Campbell, Hugh Ricketts, Louise Bennett, Archie Lewis, Toney Abbleton, and George Moxey bring back memories,be sure to join the Labrish at: 8:00PM Thur:1/26/12 in the Backyard where we, Celebrate, Enlighten, & Preserve the rich diverse culture of: Jamaica ‘Land We Love’.

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