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Wednesday, 28 August 2013 00:00

Communists battled race riots

Today, as Peter Frost (M Star August 24-25) says: "Notting Hill Gate is one of the poshest places in London." But it was pretty posh back in 1958.

The less-posh streets (Latimer Road, Bramley Road, Blechynden Street, Blenheim Crescent, Bard Road, Westbourne Park Road and Lancaster Road) where the racial violence took place in 1958 are more usually known as Notting Hill, not Notting Hill Gate.

One thing that Peter does not mention, but which is worth recording, is the response of local communists to the Notting Hill riots.

Two members of the Golborne branch of the Communist Party, who lived just around the corner from Portobello Road, hung a large banner saying: "There is only one race - the human race" from their first-floor window, and the branch held a poster parade through the local streets with posters bearing the same message.

Chris and Betty Birch

London SW6

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