Windrush Day is coming up on 22nd June and is a moment for the nation to commemorate, celebrate and recognise the Windrush Generation and their descendants – including their vast contribution to the nation’s social, economic and cultural life. This year’s celebrations are particularly poignant in the context of the coronavirus outbreak and the dedication of the NHS and keyworkers to keep us all safe.
Windrush Day marks the anniversary of the arrival of MV Empire Windrush at the Port of Tilbury, near London, on 22 June 1948. Those who arrived on the Empire Windrush, their descendants and those who followed them have made and continue to make an enormous contribution to Britain, not just in the vital work of rebuilding the country and public services following World War 2 but in enriching our shared social, economic, cultural and religious life.
Overcoming great sacrifice and hardship, the Windrush Generation and their descendants have gone on to lead the field across public life, in business, the arts and sport. Britain would be much diminished without their contribution.
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