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The years of 1958 and 1959 were very special in the history of London and Great Britain. Great change was afoot as people from across the former British Empire continued to arrive, finding new homes in the cities of England and Wales.
The story of Kelso Cochrane, a young man who had arrived from the Caribbean island of Antigua in 1954, is one of the stories that has helped to define a modern and diverse Britain.

On Sunday May 17th 1959, a young carpenter called Kelso Cochrane was returning home from a visit to a local hospital. As he passed through Kensal Town - an area just north of Ladbroke Grove and Notting Hill - he was set upon by a gang of youths. Kelso was stabbed. He managed to make his way to the corner of Southam Street and Golborne Road, where he was helped by some local men. Unfortunately, the stabbing proved fatal for Kelso Cochrane, as he died on that corner.



On Sunday May 17th 2009, 50 years to the very day, a commemorative blue plaque was unveiled in the memory of Kelso Cochrane, on the very spot where he fell.

To help celebrate this event, a weekend of music and film was organised, together with a graveside vigil and march for Kelso.

Brownbaby worked with two local schools and members of Age Concern Kensington & Chelsea to produce a celebratory plaque of Kelso, used to decorate the various events.
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