THE West Indian Senior Citizens' Organisation celebrated its 30th anniversary last Thursday with a special service at St Mark's Church.
The popular club has met virtually every Thursday for the last 30 years thanks to Norman Mitchell who established the group.
Mr Mitchell was concerned about services for retired and housebound members of the West Indian community living in Brent.
Now at the age of 89, he is still actively involved with the help of a small group of volunteers.
Mr Norman said: "It all started in 1980 in my home. Sometimes there would be 100 people in my front room in Harlesden. That's when I knew we had to move to a church hall.
"I started it so people in the community could help others in need. My aim was to have someone in every street to report back if they knew of someone who needed help.
"At the moment we have around 60 members but many have passed away over years. Some were very good friends. They have all become my family.
"I'm going to be 90 this month but I hope to spend many more years working with the group."
Last Thursday (Dec 2) a special service took place at St Mark's Church in Bathurst Gardens, Kensal Rise, to celebrate the group's 30 years of continued service to the community.
The event was attended by mayor of Brent, Councillor Harbhajan Singh and the Jamaican High Commissioner, His excellency Anthony Johnson.