Mayor of Brent promotes RAF exhibition on black pilots in both World Wars

Cllr Bobby Thomas, Brent Mayor, centre, hosted the event which was attended by five other mayors (pi

Cllr Bobby Thomas, Brent Mayor, centre, hosted the event which was attended by five other mayors (pic credit: Monir Ali) - Credit: Archant

The mayor of Brent hosted a museum visit to promote an exhibition detailing the roles black pilots played in both World Wars.

Cllr Bobby Thomas and five mayors from Barnet, Croydon, Islington, Kensington and Southwark went to the RAF Museum in Colindale to view the ‘Pilots of the Caribbean’ display.

The exhibition tells the inspirational story of black people from the Caribbean, Africa and from Britain who volunteered to serve in the Royal Air Force during both wars.

It also commemorates their vital contribution to the defence of Britain and the Commonwealth.

Peter Devitt, museum curator, said: “We were delighted to host this visit with the Mayors from several London boroughs and the feedback we received from them was both positive and heart-warming.


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“The RAF was the first military service to take on board the issue of diversity and the exhibition, which tells the story of the brave black volunteers over time, has been exceptionally popular with visitors.

“As a result, it has been decided to display ‘Pilots of the Caribbean’ permanently at RAF Museum Cosford”

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The exhibition will be on display until April 22 at RAF Museum London in Grahame

Park Way, Colindale.

For more information visit www.rafmuseum.org.uk/london/

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