1967 Carnival is Born

Leeds West Indian Carnival is born

Arthur France invites West Yorkshire Police, Chief Inspector Exley to his flat to discuss plans for the first carnival parade.
A few thousand people attend the first Leeds West Indian Carnival parade which makes its way from Potternewton Park through Leeds city centre.

Leeds Carnival pioneers
LWIC pioneers reunited in 2017, L-R Willie Robinson, Arthur France, Rasheeda Robinson, Calvin Beach and Ian Charles Photo: David Lindsay
Founding Committee Members:
• George Archibald
• Calvin Beach
• Arthur France (Chairman)
• Tony Lewis
• Rose McAllister (Secretary)
• Willie Robinson
• Ansell Shepherd
• Ken Thomas
Founding Pioneers:
• Courtland Carter
• Ian Charles
• Alice Gordon
• Gloria Pemberton
• Rasheeda Robinson
• Irwin and Veronica Samlalsingh
• Eddie Vanterpool
• Cleve Watkins