Tuesday, December 6, 2022

Jamaican High Commissioner launches Windrush celebrations

FIVE years ago, Thurrock celebrated the 60th anniversary of the arrival of the SS Empire Windrush at Tilbury.

THIS year a series of events are being planned to mark the 65th anniversary of the ship carrying 492 West Indians, the first wave of Caribbean migrants to work in Great Britain – starting this nation’s multi-cultural society.

Saturday, 22 June marks the anniversary of this iconic voyage and a celebration is planned which will involve a number of national partners culminating that weekend.

The celebrations started on Wednesday, 5 June, with a tour of the port by the Jamaican High Commissioner to Britain, Mrs Aloun Assamba, which involves a visit to the London Cruise Terminal – where the Windrush docked; and the opening of a free Windrush exhibition there which runs until 23 June.

The final weekend starts on the Saturday which includes a river cruise and a special Caribbean-themed reception.

But on the Sunday, the Cruise Terminal will host a family day for all ages – free for under 12s and £10 for others – with Caribbean cuisine, music workshops, an interactive exhibition tour and dance performances, and a last chance to see the exhibition.

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