Notting Hill Carnival Pioneers plaque: August 2018


Notting Hill Carnival Pioneers plaque

Date of Installation: August 2018
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Plaque: Blue

WORLD’S LARGEST BLUE PLAQUE UNVEILING HONOURING THE PIONEERS OF NOTTING HILL CARNIVAL

In 1965, over the August bank holiday weekend, three musicians from Trinidad embarked on a 30 minute walk in West London which changed the history of the capital forever!

There was nothing unusual about this walk led by a man named Russell Henderson, who had been invited to attend a week long multi-cultural fayre organised by a local activist named Rhaune Laslette. The only difference was Henderson, and the two musicians accompanying him, Sterling Betancourt and Ralph Cherrie, were expert steelpan instrumentalists. During their historic walk, people started coming out of their houses to listen to the quality of the music being played by these three calypsonians.

Unbeknown to these pan playing pied pipers, they had just lit the spark, and led the first processional parade for the phenomenon called the Notting Hill Carnival.

At noon, on 24th August 2018, to kick off the August Bank Holiday Carnival Weekend, Henderson, Betancourt, and Cherrie, along with 67 other Carnival Pioneers, will be honoured with a Blue Plaque. The only difference is, this plaque will be the World's Largest Blue Heritage Plaque ever made!

You are invited to come and celebrate with us as we pay tribute to some of the pioneers who helped to developed Europe’s largest street festival, the Notting Hill Carnival.


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