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The Mayor of Dudley is to attend a special celebration event tomorrow night marking the contribution of the Windrush generation in the borough.
Councillor David Stanley will be guest of honour at a special event on Saturday at the African Caribbean Centre in Abberley Street, in Dudley town centre.
The celebration takes place on National Windrush Day, which takes place on June 22 every year. The first celebration event was in 2018. It encourages communities across the country to celebrate the contribution of the Windrush generation and their descendants.
Eric Mills, of the Afro Caribbean Community Network in Dudley, said:
Seventy-one years ago, on June 22, 1948, the Empire Windrush landed at Tilbury Docks, Essex.
The arrival of 492 passengers from the Caribbean marked a seminal moment in Britain’s history, and has come to stand for the rich diversity of this nation.
The Windrush Generation made a huge contribution to rebuilding the country following the war and their settlement and their descendants have continued to enrich social, economic, political and religious life.
We are holding this event in Dudley to recognise the contribution the Windrush generation made here, and we are delighted the Mayor is able to attend to help us celebrate.
The evening will see video recordings of Windrush life stories, before the Mayor presents a number of individuals with a small handheld token in recognition of their place within the Windrush experience.
Councillor David Stanley, the Mayor of Dudley, said:
The Windrush generation were true pioneers – a remarkable group of people who responded to the call across the Empire to rebuild Great Britain after the Second World War.
They served with distinction in major industries such as the NHS, transport, building, while rising above a hostile reception in some quarters to fully integrate within British society at all levels.
They have become known for a strong work ethic, unwavering faith and being staunchly committed to their families, who following their lead continue to contribute to the British economy and the sense of British identity.
I applaud the Windrush generation and all they have done for our nation – and I look forward to meeting everyone on Saturday and hearing about their stories.
Funding for the event has been awarded through the Government’s £500,000 Windrush Day Grant Scheme to support communities to educate, commemorate and celebrate the outstanding contribution of the Windrush generation and their descendants.