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Windrush celebrations on Thames

MV Empire Windrush
MV Empire Windrush made the 8000 mile journey to Britain in 1948

A special boat journey along the River Thames is marking 60 years since the arrival of hundreds of people from the Caribbean on board MV Empire Windrush.

On 22 June 1948 the ship arrived in Tilbury Docks, Essex, with almost 500 people aboard who were to help rebuild Britain after World War II.

This marked the start of mass migration from the Caribbean to the UK.

To mark the occasion veterans and descendents of the Windrush generation are sailing from Tower Hill to Tilbury.

The ferry is travelling along the Thames to the rhythms of the Caribbean with food and visual imagery reminiscent of the spirit of those that made the 8,000-mile journey to the UK.

Windrush exhibition

Passengers are to be greeted by the mayor of Thurrock ahead of a reception and exhibition.

Church services honouring the contribution of the so-called Windrush Generation to British society are also taking place in Brixton at the Ruach Ministries and St John the Evangelist, Angell Town.

A procession is also taking place, from Clapham North Deep Shelter, where the new arrivals were temporarily housed, to the Clapham Common bandstand.

The Imperial War Museum is currently hosting a Windrush exhibition, which tells the personal stories of the involvement of Caribbean men and women in the First and Second World Wars.


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