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Rum flowed freely and soca music blasted out as Bermudians gathered at a London bar to celebrate Bermuda Day.

Hundreds flocked to the Lockside Lounge in Camden to make the most of the sunshine while dancing, catching up with old friends and sinking a few Dark n Stormies.

Bermudians working and studying in the UK rubbed shoulders with former expats and curious Londoners at the event, which saw the venue draped with Bermuda flags.

Beatnik Rubaine, organiser of the party, which is now in its fifth year, explained that his aim is to spread the word about the Island’s unique culture and heritage. He hopes that one day the party will turn into a full-blown Bermuda festival in London.

“Last year we had an estimated 2,000 people here. We’re trying to bring Bermudians together and forge a community. We have actors, jewellery makers and designers here. It’s all about celebrating us and our ability on every level,” explained Mr Rubaine, who helped found Chewstick in Bermuda and has lived in London for ten years.

“We’ve been blessed with good weather every year of the event, which has been operating with virtually no assistance at all. This is good for promoting Bermuda. It’s far better than bringing Gombeys over or putting banners on buses. We’re ambassadors and I’m putting a call out to those who are interested in promoting Bermuda to hop on board, as we are trying to develop a Bermuda festival.”

Anyone interested in helping the event to expand in future can contact Mr Rubaine on bermudadayinlondon@hotmail.com.

Party goers at the Lockside Lounge in Camden on Bermuda Day
Party goers at the Lockside Lounge in Camden on Bermuda Day

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Published May 29, 2013 at 9:00 am (Updated May 28, 2013 at 10:18 pm)

Bermuda Day, in London

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