Marking Windrush Day - 22nd June 2021
Today is the 73rd anniversary of the arrival of the Empire Windrush which first arrived at Tilbury Docks Essex on 22 June 1948.
Windrush Day symbolises the enormous contribution that over half a million people who sailed from the Caribbean to settle in the UK made over a period of over 20 years. They would go on to make a significant and lasting contribution to this country’s infrastructure, economy, and culture.
Various commemorative events are taking place and there is an opportunity for engagement and wider reflections on the lasting legacy of Windrush and the enduring spirit of its diaspora.
Closer to home here in Walsall, why not mark Sunday 27th of June in your diary by attending a Windrush celebration at Caldmore Community Gardens. The four-hour event which is free has been organised by the Walsall Windrush Generations project. It promises a host of family fun: including live music, poetry and dance, history talks and some delicious Caribbean food.
To read more on the lasting legacy of Windrush and to hear stories from those connected to the Caribbean diaspora in Walsall, this book is also highly recommended.
“Through Sweat, Tears and Triumphs.”
Windrush Day website: https://www.windrushday.org.uk/