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Free exhibition to shine spotlight on voices of Windrush

ANNIVERSARY: Today marks 70 years since passengers from the Caribbean alighted the Empire Windrush in Tilbury

A FREE exhibition recognising the exceptional contributions of migrants who came from the Caribbean and the African continent in the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s to work and build Britain’s present day public sector services is taking place tomorrow.

The organisers behind the event say: “During this period of change and austerity for our public sector workers we would like to take this opportunity to pay tribute to those hard working individuals in the health sector, transport services, British Rail, Royal Mail, Royal Mint and other contributors to that period.

“Over the last year we have been collecting a series of fascinating stories and anecdotes from those public sector workers. Many of these stories illustrate how these workers overcame adversity in both their professional and personal lives and also made a significant contribution to the British economy during this time.

“We truly believe it is worth telling these inspirational stories so that present and future generation can understand and appreciate the work and legacy of these original Windrush pioneers.”

Elthorne Pride, Windrush Nurses and Beyond Foundation, Choices, a leading community training organisation and Islington Great Get Together are holding an open air exhibition which will show how members of the Windrush Generation lived, worked and played.

Those attending the showcase will have the opportunity to experience some examples of the food Caribbean migrants consumed on a tight budget.

The organisers say: “It promises to be both an inspirational and enlightening event.”

The event will also act as a catalyst for a wider thanksgiving service for Windrush pioneers at Southwark Cathedral on October 6th 2018.

Event details
The Windrush Voices exhibition will take place outside the Royal Oak Public House, 250 St Johns Way N19 3RJ on June 23rd 2018, between 12pm and 6pm. Among the guests will be Baroness Howells, who will make a short address. There will also be a period of reflection over high tea at Caxton House, where residents will get the opportunity to meet and hear stories from members of the Windrush Generation.

For more information contact Elthorne Pride at Info@elthornepride.org.uk

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