No Carnival In Britain Part Ten: A Celebration Of Poverty

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Children’s Play Group Street Party, 1965

1967 Rhauane Laslett in 1967.

Rhuane Laslett was a community leader and former Social Worker living in the Notting Hill area of London. She was born in London in 1919 to a Native American mother and Russian father. She founded the Children’s Play Group at her home at 34 Tavistock Crescent. During the summer of 1965 she organised a street party for local children. The aim of the street party was to bring together children from different races and backgrounds and was never intended to have Caribbean culture at the centre of it. The street party took place on Tavistock Crescent, tables with food were set up in the street and Rhuane Laslett had invited the steel pan band The Russell Henderson Trio to perform at the party. The trio at the time was made up of Russell Henderson, Sterling Betancourt and Ralph Sherry. During…

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