Bell Ribeiro-Addy MP

Member of Parliament for Streatham (and parts of Balham, Clapham Common, Tulse Hill and Brixton Hill)
Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Clapham & Brixton Hill

Windrush Day 2023: Celebrating Windrush 75

Jun 23, 2023 | Brixton Hill, Constituency Work, News

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It was an honour to be involved in celebrations across the borough this week to mark Windrush Day and celebrate 75 years of the Windrush Generation’s contributions to our area and the whole country. It’s been great to see so many proudly celebrating the Windrush history and culture that has made Lambeth the area we love to live in today.

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On Tuesday afternoon, I joined Florence Eshalomi MP and Helen Hayes MP for a Windrush 75 parliamentary reception to celebrate the Windrush Generation’s shaping impact on our area and reiterate our call for justice for survivors of the scandal and their descendants.

On Wednesday morning, I joined CARICOM to lay a wreath at the African and Caribbean War Memorial to remember all the servicemen from across the Commonwealth who fought and gave their lives during both World Wars. We must never forget them.

It was lovely to start Windrush Day at Corpus Christi Catholic Primary School, where pupils enjoyed an assembly about the first Windrush arrivals in Britain and greeted us with a display of steel pan drumming celebrating the Windrush generation’s musical legacy.

Then it was onto Brixton Library for a special Windrush Day event organised by Stockwell Good Neighbours and Tony’s Happy Drums. Shout out to these two local charities, who do amazing work bringing Windrush elders together around the arts for health and wellbeing.

This year’s Windrush Procession saw people marching from Herne Hill to Windrush Square to pay homage to our borough’s Windrush legacy complete with a replica of the original ship where the story began.

There was an amazing atmosphere in Windrush Square yesterday evening as hundreds of people came together to celebrate and enjoy some stunning performances from musicians and dancers.

I was lucky to get a preview of the Nubian Jak‘s most recent project, the Windrush Diamond Jubilee Memorial Bench, made from the original gangway that those first Windrush pioneers stepped out onto at Tilbury docks 75 years ago this week.

Bell stands in front of the Windrush Diamond Jubilee Memorial Bench.

Also caught the brilliant Barrel Children exhibition curated by Nadine White and Jasmin Pierre. Catch this exhibition until 10th Sept to find out more about the important and overlooked stories of Windrush children who were left behind or had their lives uprooted.

And it was lovely to round off the day at Lambeth Town Hall for the Council’s official Windrush 75 reception with some legends from the local Windrush community. Thank you to everyone in our community for coming together and putting on a celebration worthy of this momentous date!