Leeds nostalgia: Leeds West Indian Carnival in August 1981

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Leeds, August 31, 1981: the West Indian Carnival in full flow down Chapletown Road, Leeds.

The carnival is today one of the largest in Europe and attracts over 100,000 people. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the festival.

Carnival founder and chairman Arthur France, who launched the first event in Leeds in 1967, said recently: “I never dreamed that when I came to the UK 60 years ago, I would be a part of something as amazing as the carnival.

“To be a part of this historic moment decades later in the city I love is a dream come true for me and I look forward to the streets of Leeds being transformed by culture, unity, colour and joy.”

The carnival takes place on August 28 at Potternewton Park.

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