Windrush Day takes place on the 22 June and is an opportunity to celebrate the contribution of the Windrush generation and their descendants. Many left their homes in the Caribbean in 1948 to board the ‘Empire Windrush’ to help fill the post-war labour shortage in the UK. They were followed by others from Jamaica, Trinidad & Tobago, Barbados and other islands, who made the journey throughout the 1950s and 60s as they sought a better life for their families with an enhanced prospect of employment here in Britain.
Chiswick residents will celebrate the day with a special tea which will include a slice of Jamaican ginger cake. There will also be a special dramatization event – where residents will be able to learn more about the Windrush generation and their experiences in the UK though a series of acting / singing and musical episodes.
The event offers a chance to discuss Windrush and its history. It will also serve as an opportunity to talk of faraway places and for residents to recall and speak of their own heritage.