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It’s Windrush Day! Learn about the Windrush generation & maybe you’ll get a search win.

22 June 2022 is Windrush Day.

On 22 June 1948, the first ship, the HMT Empire Windrush, arrived from the Caribbean to the UK.  It is estimated that 500+ Caribbean men, women and children boarded the ship and came to the UK to help fill the vacancies after the war.

People came to work for the National Health Service as nurses, midwives, ancillary workers, cleaners, cooks and porters.  Others used their skills to work on buses, the underground, and rail services.

The Windrush generation were supposed to remain in Britain for only 5 years originally but some decided to move here permanently. They married, bought houses, started their own businesses, had children, and settled in their new home

Through the Windrush generation, Caribbean food was introduced to the UK as was Notting Hill Carnival.  This started in 1966 on the streets of Notting Hill in Kensington. Members of the British Afro-Caribbean community lead this colourful festival.  The Caribbeans introduced us to Jerk Chicken with rice and peas. When they refer to peas, they don’t mean garden peas! The peas are actually dried kidney beans!

Today, 22 June 2022, a new monument was unveiled – “The new monument aims to symbolise “the courage, commitment and resilience of the thousands of men, women and children who travelled to the UK to start new lives from 1948 to 1971.”

Bronze statue of a Black man, woman, and child, standing on a pile of suitcases.

Basil Watson’s work at Waterloo station in London shows a man, woman and child climbing a mountain of suitcases, hand-in-hand
Photo: © Steve Russell Studios

This monument was designed and created by Basil Watson.  The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended the unveiling.

 

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Click here to learn more about the Windrush scandal and how awfully the British government treated this generation of people who did so much to help the UK recover after WW2.  We will try to write about this in another post soon.

 


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