The annual Notting Hill Carnival, a Caribbean festival of music and dance will be held in London over the United Kingdom Bank holiday week-end beginning on 25th August.
GV EXT Bunting PAN TO Notting Hill Carnival organiser, Merle Major, speaking to Visnews' reporter John Darby.
MV Reporter PAN TO Merle Major speaking, with shots of 1977 Carnival overlaid. (8 SHOTS)
GV Violence during Carnival, with Merle Major speaking over. (3 SHOTS)
GV Rioting and police making arrests (1976) (5 SHOTS)
GV Merle Major speaking to reporter. (2 SHOTS)
DARBY: "Well, what, in terms of entertainment will Carnival involve for 1978?"
SEQ. 1: MAJOR: "The entertainment will be, there'll be lots of bands, mass bands, costume bands, that's what we call mass bands. There'll be steel bands, reggae bands. These reggae bands will be amplified with generators and they will be on the float. For the simple reason, there's lots of people who think that this type of music will help the violence. We have no proof of this. We have all types of music and all types of music is welcome in Carnival. But there is a plan in mind to keep everything mobile, everything must go, so we can control the crowds. If people are standing around, there'll be too much congestion, with lots of kids and people are trampled on. So we have voted on this new system of mobile music. If we do not take heed and pay attention to the state the Carnival has turned into, we will have lots of problems. Now we have got a problem, we must admit. The problem is not just the black community. The problem belongs to one and all and together, if we put our heads together and our minds and work together we can solve this problem."
DARBY: "Aren't you just a little bit worried about the weather? After all we've had a rather bad summer so far."
SEQ. 2: MAJOR: "We are worried, but what can we do? The weather is raining every day. As far as we're concerned for this past month we've had so much rain. Regardless of whether it rains or shines there will be Carnival."
REPORTER: JOHN DARBY
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Background: The annual Notting Hill Carnival, a Caribbean festival of music and dance will be held in London over the United Kingdom Bank holiday week-end beginning on 25th August. Since violent eruptions at the Carnival in 1976, between black youths and police, the weeks preceding the event are now filled with tension as the police and organisers try to anticipate the problems of controlling the thousands of people who pour into the small area of West London. Some say the London Carnival is a place where cultural, class and racial tensions rub together. One of the organisers Mr. Merle Major spoke to Visnews reporter, John Darby about the plans for the 1978 Carnival.
SYNOPSIS: A traditionally good-natured and festive atmosphere at the Carnival changed in the summer of 1976 when battles between police and young blacks lead to 600 people being injured. There were 84 arrests. It was said to have started when a policeman tried to arrest a young black accused of purse snatching. But Carnival organiser Mr. Major is hoping this year's festival will be calm.