THE NOTTING Hill Carnival, the annual extravaganza of colour and sound that has been dogged by violence and rioting in the recent past, will be taking over West London again on Sunday and bank holiday Monday.
Sr Monica, one of the organisers and a Catholic chaplain for the West Indian Community in Bayswater, said this week that the atmosphere had been particularly good this year. "Everyone has been involved. The Carnival is not for spectators," she said.
Catholic events kick off at St. Mary of the Angels, Moorhouse Road, Bayswater, with a special Saturday evening Mass, to be celebrated by Fr Ronald Taggalie from Trinidad, at 6 p.m. The Mass will be followed by a street party, including a
children's fancy dress competition and dancing to the accompaniment of the "Cariba" steel band.
On Sunday, Mass will be celebrated at 10 am. This will be followed by an ecumenical "fiesta of praise" on the piazza outside All Saints Anglican Church, on Talbot Road. Bishop Mark Santer, Anglican bishop of Kensington, will be one of the speakers.