The deputy leader of Brent Council paid tribute to those who took part in its Black History Month celebrations.

Cllr Margaret McLennan said it was a privilege to host a special show on October 25, which celebrated “black excellence” in the borough.

She praised the event’s organisation – as well as all those who took part – as the council championed the achievements of the black community over the years.

It was the culmination of a month’s worth of celebrations based around black history throughout London and the rest of the UK.

In Brent, special recognition was given to the impact of those who arrived as part of the Windrush generation, who first came to Britain 70 years ago.

It was deemed particularly pertinent given the events and injustices that transpired surrounding them and their descendants earlier this year.

Cllr McLennan said: “This year was a special year for celebrating black history in the UK as it was the 70th anniversary of Windrush.

“As one of the most diverse boroughs in London, we have a vibrant black community in Brent and I'm glad we were able to put on such a great show highlighting black excellence in the borough.”

Visitors to the council’s main event were treated to a lively debate – where issues still faced by the black community were discussed – as well as various musical celebrations.