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The picture shows revellers gathering in Potternewton Park in 1974.
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The invitation by the ‘Leeds West Indian Carnival Development Committee’ to ‘A Caribbean Evening’ at the Mecca Ballroom in the Merrion Centre on 22nd August 1974 includes the name of the United Caribbean Association, but the Carnival Committee was by now an organisation in its own right.

The picture shows revellers gathering in Potternewton Park in 1974.

The brochure indicated that the evening again featured the Wilberforce Steel Band, Chapeltown’s own calypsonian, Lord Silkie (Artie Davies), and included this time performances by the Leeds West Indian Dancers with the Rebel Daughters and the Zion Brothers. ‘Young dancers from the Saturday class’ would also perform a reference to the Supplementary School recently established by the UCA to improve the educational standards of young people in Chapeltown. There was a Calypso sketch, and the ‘grand finale’ was the contest for ‘Miss Carnival 1974’. A single ticket cost 90p in advance, and £1 at the door. Max Farrar remembers Abdul Ali as the master of Ceremonies. The Last Lap Dance on the Monday Bank Holiday was held at the Refectory of Leeds University.

This photograph shows Edris, Carvel and Shirina Browne in their costumes at Potternewton Park in 1974

Christopher Sadler, David, Carl & Amanda Lewis, James Norford, Austin Slater and Alec McLeish practising the steel pans.