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Jamaican-Born, UK Mayor To Be Honored

CaribWorldNews, LONDON, England, Weds. June 10, 2009: Jamaican-born Mayor Sam King of Southwark, South London, is set to be honored by the Southwark Council.

King, the Borough’s first black mayor, will be presented with a commemorative Blue Plaque.

King is a founding member of the Windrush Foundation and was one of the driving forces behind the first Notting Hill Carnival and the first black newspaper, the West Indian Gazette. In 1998, he received a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) award, for his outstanding services to the community.

He was born in Portland, in 1926, and first lived in England when he volunteered to join the Royal Air Force during World War Two and was on active service in 1944. He returned to Britain on the Empire Windrush in 1948. He became a Councillor in 1983.

The Blue Plaque scheme in Southwark was started in 2002 by the Council and it allows residents and visitors to the borough to select persons and institutions they feel are local icons.