Gravesham to celebrate Windrush Day 2021

Gravesham to celebrate Windrush Day 2021

Gravesham to celebrate Windrush Day 2021

 Published: 25-May-2021

The fourth national Windrush Day on 22 June will mark 73 years since the SS Empire Windrush arrived at Tilbury Docks in 1948 carrying the first Caribbean migrants to the UK to help re-build Britain after the Second World War.

For the passengers who landed opposite Gravesend that day, it was just the beginning of a new life as they went on to transform important aspects of every day British life.

Gravesham Borough Council will be marking Windrush Day with a full programme of events following a successful grant application to the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG).

Cllr Shane Mochrie-Cox, Cabinet Member for Community and Leisure, said: “The influence of the Windrush generation, their families and those who followed them helped shape the country and Borough we know and love today.

“Gravesham’s Afro-Caribbean community plays an integral and important part in the life of the Borough, which we will be celebrating this Windrush Day.”

The council will be collating stories and images from those who arrived in Gravesham during the 1950s, 60s and 70s, which local artists will use to inspire a recreation of the Windrush’s arrival at Tilbury by designing and mounting life size cut outs on the LV21 lightship. The artwork will be revealed at dawn on 22 June.

Throughout the day a calypso band will perform around St Andrew’s quayside and will hold workshops in St Andrews Arts Centre from 4pm.

You can sample the tastes and sounds of the Caribbean at Gravesend Market where Ms Earlyn’s food stall will provide a range of celebratory and traditional food and drinks to sample and buy, and be entertained with live music and performances.

Author, playwright and TV presenter Trish Cooke will hold virtual storytelling sessions with local primary schools on Monday 21 June, reading from her books about the Windrush journey and moving to the UK from the Caribbean.

Cllr Mochrie-Cox added: “Windrush Day will be one of celebration in Gravesham and we invite everyone to come into town and take part. We look forward to seeing you.”

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) has provided a grant of £10,590 towards the day’s events, with additional funding from Gravesham Borough Council.

 Last updated: 25-May-2021

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