It’s Windrush Day.
UK makes Windrush Day official with £500k grant to support events
Windrush Day will take place on 22 June, the day when around 500 migrants from the Caribbean arrived at Tilbury Docks in Essex in 1948 aboard the MV Empire Windrush. […] The communities minister, Lord Bourne, said the annual celebration will help to “recognise and honour the enormous contribution” of those who arrived between 1948 and 1971.
I mentioned before about my grandad being on the Windrush. Here he is.
He and my grandma had first met during the war. They got married in September 1948.
The only black guy at the wedding. In the village, probably.
Look at all these happy faces.
They went on to have seven kids, my mum being one of them.
Never got to meet him, sadly, as he died in a traffic accident in 1958. So it goes. And it would have been my grandma’s birthday tomorrow, too, if she was still around.
Anyway, happy Windrush Day, the pair of you.