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.