Birmingham Commemorates Windrush 75

The Why Are West Indian Project has been raising awareness of Windrush since the passing of a Windrush Pioneer in 2007. Our motto answers the question why are west Indians in this country? The answer – Britain called and we answered.  

As 2023 marks the 75th Anniversary of the arrival of HMT Empire Windrush, project members joined some of our community partners at events to commemorate and celebrate this milestone.

On 10 June we held our annual Windrush Gala Dinner and Dance at Edgbaston Stadium. 22nd June (Windrush Day) Public Sector workers joined veterans and military personnel at a Flag Raising ceremony in Centenary Square. Later we attended a Civic Reception hosted by the Lord Mayor in the Banqueting Suite, Birmingham Council House.

25 June we participated in a Windrush Songs of Praise Service at St Mary and St Ambrose Church, Balsall Heath. This was particularly poignant as it was at this church that H gave a very moving eulogy to his uncle (Windrush Passenger 680) and hence the WAWI Project was formed.

30 June we were invited to address students at St Johns Middle School in Bromsgrove and 1 July we joined residents of Panel Croft, Retirement Village in Newtown.

All of these events provided an opportunity to pay tribute to the Military for their continual and loyal service to King and Country. To the elders for paving the way for others to follow and the younger generation who will hope will be inspired to continue this epic journey.