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Funeral for Notting Hill Carnival co-founder Sam King MBE

Sam King war veteran
Image caption The funeral of Sam King, who was born in 1926, was held in Southwark Cathedral

The funeral of a Jamaican "pioneer" who co-founded what later became the Notting Hill Carnival has been held at Southwark Cathedral.

War veteran Sam King MBE settled in south London having arrived on the Empire Windrush in 1948 and became Southwark's first black mayor.

His son, the Reverend Michael King, said his father was a "pioneer" who had been "a servant of the people".

Around 500 mourners attended the service for Mr King, who died in June.

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Image caption Mr King served as an engineer in the Royal Air Force during World War Two
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Media captionThe Reverend Michael King talks about the impact his father had on British society
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Image caption Jamaican-born Mr King was made an MBE in 2009

Mr King arrived in Britain after volunteering for the Royal Air Force in 1944, and soon became a prominent campaigner for the West Indies community.

His son said his father helped organise London's first West Indies carnival "to exhibit ourselves as West Indians in a positive light".

Michael King said his father was "very pleased" the carnival had developed into the Notting Hill Carnival.

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Image caption Mr King arrived in the UK on the Empire Windrush in 1948

Sam King set up the Windrush Foundation with his friend Arthur Torrington in 1996 to celebrate the arrival of people from the Caribbean to Britain following World War Two.

Mr Torrington said Mr King believed "the ship was no different from the Mayflower" which transported English separatists to America in 1620.

"He was the one who really kept alive the importance of the Windrush", he said.

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Media captionSam King spoke about gospel music during an episode of Songs of Praise in 1982
Image caption A blue plaque commemorates the work of Sam King MBE in Southwark

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