Notting Hill Carnival, West London
Thugs spoil carnival fun. It was a day when black and white people were supposed to play together. But, for the second year running, the Notting Hill Carnival, in West London, was spoiled by a gang of thugs who ran riot and ensured a bloody end to the celebrations on Monday (29-8-77). Running battles broke out in the streets as the rampaging youths pelted police with bricks, stones and bottles. Lines of officers, protected by riot shields, charged the bands of wreckers while terrified carnival-goers cowered behind walls to dodge the missiles. By the time the fury had died down, one policeman was seriously ill in hospital with stab wounds and another thirty were injured. The violence also claimed 108 victims among the revellers. It was a brief and shattering climax to a sunshine carnival that attracted 250,000 people who had earlier danced in the streets to the drumming of steel bands. Entrancing: An enthralled youngester is hoisted shoulder-high to watch the fun of the Notting Hill Carnival. August 1977 P017332
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