Northampton: Windrush Day 2020

Published: Friday, 19 June 2020

Northampton’s diverse communities forum will host a virtual programme of activities marking the second national Windrush Day on Monday, 22 June. 

Documentaries, songs, poems and speeches from local residents will be shared throughout the day via the Northampton Windrush Day 2020 Facebook event aiming to celebrate, commemorate and educate communities on the leading role the Windrush Generation and their descendants have played in making Britain stronger, culturally richer and more inclusive.

An information-packed schedule will start with the Windrush song London is the place for me at 10.27am – which is in reference to 1,027 passengers aboard the Windrush when it docked at Tilbury on 22 June 1948.

Councillor Anna King, Cabinet member for community engagement and safety, said: “ Whilst public gatherings are no longer possible, and we are all discovering a new normal – we are delighted to put together a small scale digital programme of educational activities for everyone to enjoy and experience in the safety and comfort of their homes.

“British Caribbean communities, their descendants and those who followed them have made and continue to make a tremendous 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 cultural, social, economic and religious life.
The celebration commemorates the arrival of the Empire Windrush at the Port of Tilbury, east of London, on 21 June 1948 and its passengers disembarked a day later. The ship carried several hundred Caribbean migrants, many of them veterans of the Second World War. Since then, the Windrush has come to symbolise the first movement of mass migration to the United Kingdom in the post-war era.

Morcea Walker MBE DL, Northampton’s diverse communities Forums member, added: “I am so pleased that in spite of Covid-19, efforts are still being made to recognise the contribution of almost half a million people who moved from the Caribbean to Britain between 1948 and 1970. 

“I am a proud daughter of the Windrush, and I celebrate the contributions made by those pioneers who helped Britain in its growth and development not only at the time of Windrush but throughout history to present day.

“This celebration also highlights an important part of Black British History to the wider community who may not know about these heroes and places the spotlight on the racist and despicable treatment experienced by the Windrush generation under the Hostile Environment Policy which ultimately destroyed many black people’s lives.”

Cllr James Hill, Chair of Northampton’s diverse communities forum, said: “My grandparents were part of the Windrush generation and as such, this event holds a lot of personal significance for me. I am delighted that despite the current restrictions we are still able to celebrate and recognise the huge contributions the Windrush generation have made to British society.”