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Elvy Morton

Mrs Morton was born in Nevis, a small island in the Caribbean Sea, on 19 July 1935. She came to England in 1958 on Escania ship and worked as a nurse in a hospital in Birmingham for two years and eight months. After getting married, she came to Leicester and had a family of five children. She continued to work in Leicester as a nurse but then trained and studied for two years catering to become a professional chef at ‘Southfields College’, now known as Leicester College. Elvy studied further at Wyggeston College and then taught adults and children at Wyggeston and Moat Community College. 1984 marked the 150 anniversary since the abolition of the slave trade in the British Caribbean Islands and Elvy set up Leicester Caribbean Carnival in 1984, with the first Carnival taking place in 1985. She worked as Chairperson for the Carnival for 18 years (1985 – 2001) and is still involved today as well as volunteering at the African Caribbean Centre.

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Elvy on the ship ‘Escania’ (August 1958; around 23 years old).
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Mrs Morton at her friend’s wedding ceremony in Nottingham (around 1976).
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Silver Wedding Anniversary of Mr James and Mrs Elvy Morton (around 1986).
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Civic Function at Leicestershire County Council Hall (December 17 1987). From left, Mrs Anna Ryan, Mr Martin Ryan, Mrs Elvy Morton and Mr James Morton.
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Mrs Morton meeting the Prince of Wales at St James Palace in 1998. She was invited there as one of ‘the Community Pioneers and Achievers as part of the Windrush Celebrations.’
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Mrs Morton collected £1,100 and handed it to the head of the British Red Cross at the African Caribbean Carnival (October, 1994).
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Mrs Morton was given an Honorary Master of Laws from the University of Leicester for her contribution to community relations in July 2001. She celebrates it with her daughter (Gayle) and her granddaughter (Tayla).
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