In 74 I was still only 20 and still very active around NW and West London, Kilburn and Notting Hill are next door to each other, We would drink down Portobello Road Notting Hill and Westborne Grove, I never saw Skinheads around there at that time. Think about it fashion moves on, and Skinheads in 74 just was not fashionable. Unless you was in a time warp,
Roy, I'm sure the lives of gangs of 13 and 14 year olds in Notting Hill Gate and Kensington in 1974 were beyond your interest. You can't honestly be saying you knew of such things as a drinking,smoking,fighting,shagging 20 year old
I was 13 at the time, and we had a gang, and we listened to reggae among other things. Admittedly we weren't looking like 1969 originals, but we were there.
Now on to the geography, I grew up in the Notting Hill Gate end of Notting Hill, more exactly the southern end of Ladbroke Road, I went to school in Gloucester Road in South Kensington and secondary school off the Kings Road in Chelsea.
Kilburn and North Kensington were not part of our world. There was always an invisible border for us in Notting Hill Gate and it was the church on top of the hill on Ladbroke Grove, we generally stayed south of that in Notting Hill Gate, Holland Park, Shepherds Bush, (QPR) Queensway and Kensington Gardens. For us North Kensington and Kilburn could just as well have been 50 miles away insrtead of the 2 miles that it was.
As for bieng fashionable? What has fashion got to do with it? I still saw Mods and Teddy boys wandering around in the early 70s. Sub-cultures aren't governed as much by fashion as by a concept, a code and an ideal.