John Barnes brings our theme of Migration to life
John set out to investigate the extraordinary role his grandfather, Frank Hill, played in Jamaica’s struggle for independence and discovers how he became the subject of secret telegrams, and why he was interned by the British during World War Two. John also uncovers how, from being at the heart of Jamaican politics, Frank fell from grace among his political allies.
Growing up, John thought of his maternal grandfather, Jamaican journalist and broadcaster Frank Hill, as a little dull, a man who was always reading or typing. Football mad, the youngster, who went on to win 79 caps for England after moving to the UK from Jamaica as a youngster, identified far more closely with his sporty father, a senior soldier who captained Jamaica’s national soccer team. However during the course of his investigations, John comes to realise he has far more in common with Frank than he initially realises.