Coventry celebrated 'Windrush Generation'  - The Coventry Observer

Coventry celebrated 'Windrush Generation' 

Holly Clement 25th Jun, 2024   0

COVENTRY marked the 76th anniversary of the arrival of HMT Empire Windrush with a special flag-raising ceremony.

On Friday, June 21, Septimus Severus Action Group raised the flag and held a service at the cathedral on Sunday.

Windrush Day has been held every June since 2018, to celebrate the contribution Caribbean migrants and their families who made their way to the UK.

Encouraged by the 1948 British Nationality Act, which granted citizenship and the right of abode to all members of the British Empire, those on the Windrush were the first of many from British Commonwealth countries who travelled to the UK between then and 1971.

The HMT Empire Windrush arrived at Tilbury Docks in Essex on June 22, 1948, carrying 800 passengers from the Caribbean.

Many of the generation were met with racism and were not acknowledged for their skills.

‘Windrush Day’ recognises the contribution that generation and their descendants made to help shape modern Britain.

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