Join us to celebrate Windrush Day 2021

14 June 2021

Windrush Day on 22 June is a day of great importance. It is the day, in 1948, when Commonwealth citizens from the Caribbean, upon the request of the British Government, arrived at a small port in Tilbury to help rebuild a broken Britain after World War II. 

Life was not easy for the Windrush Generation. They were met with racism and intolerance, and even years later, their citizenship was still being wrongly denied.

Windrush Day is a chance to celebrate the Generation that helped build the society we know today. However, it is also about showing sympathy for the hardships they have endured.

On 22 June, all residents are invited to a FREE virtual event to mark Windrush Day, with an exciting programme of events lined up.

The event will open with a welcome from the Mayor of Brent, Cllr Lia Colacicco and Deputy Leader of Brent Council, Cllr Margaret McLennan.

This will be followed by Conversations in the Kitchen with Linett Kamala. Linett will be interviewing Annie Thompson from the Windrush Generation on her experiences since arriving in the UK from Jamaica as a teenager. They will be live from the Metroland Studio, talking all things history, music and why a good cup of tea is essential for wellness!

After this, attendees will be invited to join a singalong workshop of Reggae classics led by Reggae Choir Founder and Choir Director, Fola Phillip.

Book your tickets online by visiting: windrushday.eventbrite.co.uk

The event will be live-streamed and details will be shared once you have signed up.

Cllr Margaret McLennan, Deputy Leader of Brent Council, said:

“This is the fourth Windrush Day we have celebrated in the UK. Every year, it makes me think about what has changed since Empire Windrush arrived all those years ago.

“Structural racism is a fight that people from the Windrush Generation know all too well. While there has been some positive change since then, there is still a long way to go. This was proven by the Windrush Scandal only a few years ago.

“In Brent, we are committed to improving the experience of Black communities. We have a ten year Black Community Action Plan in place, and we will work tirelessly to deliver a fair and equal Brent where all our residents can thrive.

“I hope you will join me in marking Windrush Day, by joining our jam-packed virtual event and celebrating at home."