Some of you may have heard The Windrush story or been a part of it; however, along with the history, here are a few unknown facts.
The Windrush was a German passenger liner given to the UK as war reparation in 1945 1027 migrants were on the Windrush which arrived at Tilbury Docks, in Essex, in June 1948.
The majority being from Jamaica and mostly men, alongside those travelling from the Caribbean were members of the RAF returning from leave or veterans re-joining the service, and people from Britain, also Polish nationals
displaced by World War II.
The majority of people on the Windrush arrived in Britain with a skill or trade.
Some people came here intending to become better educated and stay for about five years; however, some never returned to their homeland.
It is important to remember that these men and women made the trip in response to the British Government’s invitation to help in the post-war rebuilding effort.
When they arrived they didn’t always get the friendly welcome they had hoped for.
Many of them experienced racism and discrimination and often found it hard to get a proper home to live in, jobs and to make friends with British people.
20 years after the arrival of the first wave of Windrush pioneers in June 1948, the records show that almost 200,000 migrants from the Caribbean region responded to the invitation.
Taking up work in factories, transport system, and construction sector rebuilding homes and offices destroyed by Nazi bombs during World War II.
In the case of nurses, midwives and other care staff, there was also an active invitation from the British government to come to England and help staff the newly formed National Health Service (formed in 1948).
These are the people who came to the UK from the Caribbean region to strengthen the local workforce; these are the people we are remembering when we speak of the Windrush generation.