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Published on 04 July 2023 10:43 AM

On Thursday, June 22, we celebrated National Windrush Day which marked the 75th anniversary of the Windrush Generation’s arrival to the UK. A special Soca Dance workshop was held under the canopy at Portobello Green at 2:00pm, and the dancing continued on Friday, June 23 with our Windrush 75th Anniversary Celebration at the Maxilla Social Club at 2:00pm. We acknowledge the challenges that the Windrush Generation has endured, and strive to honour their strength and courage year after year. 

History of Windrush

In June 1948, the HMT Empire Windrush arrived at Tilbury Docks, Essex, carrying one of the first large groups of post-war West Indian immigrants from the Caribbean. Hundreds of passengers arrived in Britain and began to support the country by rebuilding from the devastation that was left by World War II. The Windrush Generation and their descendants have contributed greatly to British society since the 1940s so we would like to recognise and celebrate those that have helped our society since those difficult post-war times.