The ninth Windrush Festival took place on Sunday 19th June at Vernon Carus to celebrate 74 years since 492 West Indians travelled to England and arrived at Tilbury Essex on June 22nd 1948.Advertisement
Sunday saw over 2,000 people from all over the country attend the festival. The entertainment on offer included Stephen Bayliss, Geno and Hayley Eccles, Andrew QuickDraw, Rick Star, Tony King, Zamaica and Councillor Martyn Rawlinson.
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The festival has taken place for almost a decade and Preston was the first in the country to hold a festival in the name of Windrush by Windrush Initiatives CIC.
There is no other event that has an atmosphere like the Windrush Festival said Adrian Murrell the co-founder of the Windrush Festival and CEO of Windrush Initiatives CIC.
It’s not by accident that after nine years there’s not been one cross word or bad feeling.
The audience knows that the event is to honour and acknowledge and show respect to the generation which was invited to Britain after the 2nd World World War and was never truly accepted.
74 years later to witness a young audience applauding a generation that went through so much abuse was pleasing to see black, white, dual heritage and Asian altogether at an event and all getting on is what this country should be about.
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