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No Tickets: Emancipation blunder in St Ann

BY ALESIA EDWARDS Observer staff reporter alesiae@jamaicaobserver.com

Tuesday, July 31, 2012 | 1:05 PM    

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SEVILLE, St Ann — The unavailability of tickets for this evening's Emancipation Jubilee being put on by the Jamaica National Heritage Trust (JNHT) at Seville Heritage Park in St Ann have irked several members of the public.

There have been numerous complaints from persons who claim they have been trying since last week to get tickets for entry to the event, but without success. There is no cost this year to enter the event, however, patrons are required to have a ticket to gain entry.

"I am really upset, from last week Thursday I have been trying to get some tickets and I can't get not even one ticket, I don't have a problem to pay, because I go to Seville every year and never have a problem," a resident who complained to the Jamaica Observer said.

Another resident, Beverly Simms, said several of her family members who travel from overseas each year to attend Independence celebration including Emancipation Jubilee have not been able to get tickets.

"You have a lot of people who have come from overseas to attend the vigil and they can't get any tickets, I don't think people have a problem to pay, but don't say the event is free and then people who go to the event every year cannot get a ticket," she said.

Executive director at the JNHT, Laleta Davis-Mattis, responding to the complaints said she was aware that there is a demand for more tickets, but she explained that the organisers would try as best as possible to accommodate people without a ticket.

She said while they do not intend to turn back persons who are not ticket holders, there are also concerns about crowd control as the venue can only accommodate about 7000 patrons.

She said some 7000 tickets were printed.

"We really don't want to turn back anybody and we are saying to people that they can turn up, but if we have too many people then we will have to make a decision," Davis-Mattis said.

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