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Windrush 70 celebrated with launch of commemorative website

WINDRUSH: The Voice is hosting a special website as part of this year's celebrations

A SPECIAL website hosted by The Voice has been launched to celebrate the 70th anniversary of Windrush.

The Voice joined Lord Bourne, members of Lambeth council, the Windrush Foundation's Arthur Torrington and young people from the borough at an event at Lambeth town hall last week.

Councillor Lib Peck, leader of Lambeth council, who attended the launch, said: “I know how important the black Caribbean community has been to the diversity and the strength and the vibrancy of our borough so I think it’s fantastic that we celebrate the contribution of people who came over from that generation.”

Peck added: “Lambeth has a pivotal role in the Windrush story and is a borough proud of its diversity and openness. We hope the whole country will celebrate not just Windrush 70 but the great cultural, social and economic enrichment that the Windrush generation and subsequent migrants have brought to this country.”

Alongside the Windrush 70 website – which will feature the best in Windrush celebration-related news, comment, events, and archival footage and features – a logo has been created to mark the anniversary.

Oscar Park, a designer at Champion Design, the agency behind the Windrush 70 logo and branding, said: “We thought it’s all about bringing people together through celebration and using colour, vibrancy and energy to communicate all the important information that is being brought to people’s attention by the Windrush 70 campaign.”

The inspiration for logo’s bright colours came from the flags of the Caribbean countries, while the shapes draw on DNA structures, referencing the campaigns tagline: “Celebrating Great Britain’s DNA.”

As part of the commemorative keepsakes made for the celebrations, Champion Design have also created pin badges, which feature the word Windrush and the number 70.

Lord Bourne, parliamentary under secretary of state at the Wales office, who spoke at the launch, said he’s certainly making sure people in parliament are aware of the plans to recognise what he described as a “seminal event”.

He said: “We’re wanting the whole country to become involved.

“One big church service will [take place] in the centre of Westminster Abbey. We’re hoping for that to be replicated round the country.”

A whole host of events will be happening across the country to commemorate the historic event and its legacy.

To keep up to date with Windrush 70 news, visit www.windrush70.org.

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