Clarence was born in Guyana and came to the UK in the 1960s. He qualified as a teacher and progressed to become head of a Special Needs school, where his pupils included future boxing greats such as Lloyd Honeyghan and Frank Bruno. When he retired he continued to serve the Croydon community by becoming a local Councillor, and became Croydon’s first black mayor in 1995/6.
My other grandfather was the first Black Mayor of Croydon. The same place todays riot’s popped off. I’ve learned a lot about immigrant life in London just from being around my family and extended family. I often wonder about my parallel life as Z British and especially now where would I be in the scheme of all these things.