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Ian Charles, with Arthur France, was one of the founding members of the Leeds Carnival.

Ian Charles, with Arthur France, was one of the founding members of the Leeds Carnival. He has been heavily involved in its organisation and in the Carnival itself since the beginning.

By 1967, the Carnival preparations were underway. Ma Buck was centrally involved in the organising, and Ian Charles’ home in Manor Drive, Leeds 6, was turned into a factory (a Mas Camp) in which three costumes were produced, as was Samlal Singh’s home in Lunan Place, Leeds 8. The first Queen Show was held in the Jubilee Hall, on Savile Place, off Chapeltown Road, Leeds 7.

He was part of the parade in the Carnival's first year as the Chief of the Cheyanne Indians, along with the Fantasia Britannia troupe (lead by Vanta Paul), the Sailors (organised by Willie Robinson), and Samlal Singh and Anson Shepherd produced a children’s band. The procession wound its way from Potternewton park to the Leeds Town Hall, where a crowd of about 1,000 people were entertained by a steel band competition judged by Junior Telford from London, who had brought the first Trinidadian steel band to Europe.