Honouring the 76th anniversary of the Windrush arrival

Published: Thursday, June 20, 2024

Wandsworth Council proudly celebrates Windrush Day, marking the 76th anniversary of the arrival of the HMT Empire Windrush at the port of Tilbury in 1948.

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Mayor of Wandsworth Councillor Sana Jafri speaking at the fundraising event.

Windrush Day takes place on 22 June, the day migrants from the Caribbean arrived at Tilbury Docks in Essex in 1948. It honours the contributions of nearly half a million Caribbean people who moved to the UK between then and 1971, shaping the social, cultural and economic life of the nation.

On Wednesday 19 June, a fundraising event took place to support the production of "The Story of Flip Fraser: a Windrush Story". 

Flip Fraser's story is known to be one of courage, creativity and unwavering dedication to his community. Part of the Windrush generation, Fraser navigated a new life while cherishing his cultural roots and was the first editor of The Voice newspaper, a vital platform for the Black community in Britain.

His passion for celebrating Black achievement further led him to create the renowned theatrical production "Black Heroes in the Hall of Fame," a one-night show that brings 5,000 years of Black history to life. Through education, entertainment, and empowerment, Fraser's work continues to inspire generations.

Ally Wolf, General Manager of The Clapham Grand, expressed his honour in hosting the event:

“I am honoured to welcome back Joyce Fraser & the Black Heroes Foundation to The Clapham Grand. As a venue built 124 years ago to serve and entertain the communities of Battersea, it fills us with pride to shine a light on the Windrush Generation who have given us so much.”

Anni Domingo, an actress, director, and writer, emphasised the significance of Fraser’s story: “The story of Flip Fraser has to be told for it is an important part of Black Theatre History.”

Black Heroes Foundation 

The Black Heroes Foundation is dedicated to promoting cultural heritage and celebrating the achievements of Black individuals throughout history through educational programs, productions and community events.

Proceeds from the fundraising event will continue to support the Foundation’s mission to:

  • Educate: Spread awareness of Black history and achievements.
  • Entertain: Create engaging performances celebrating Black culture.
  • Empower: Inspire individuals, future generations and communities through storytelling.

Windrush Compensation Scheme

The Windrush Compensation Scheme, established by the UK government, provides compensation to individuals from African, Asian, and Caribbean backgrounds who have suffered difficulties in proving their legal right to live in the UK.

Eligible individuals, including those who arrived from Commonwealth countries before 1973 or any country before December 31, 1988, as well as their descendants, are encouraged to apply. The scheme is due to close soon and those who qualify should submit their claims as soon as possible.

For further information and to apply, please visit Windrush Compensation Scheme. 

Contact Citizen's Advice for help with proving your right to live in the UK with the Windrush scheme, or getting an immigration document from the Windrush scheme.

The Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants offers free legal advice for Windrush victims.

Windrush Justice Clinic is a collaboration with community organisations, law centres and universities and offers support to those affected, including assistance applying to the compensation scheme.