Despite the restrictions of the Covid-19 pandemic, last year thousands of residents came together to celebrate and commemorate Windrush Day. This annual celebration remembers and honours the arrival of the HMT Empire Windrush, its passengers and descendants who have made a huge contribution to Lambeth and the UK’s cultural, social, and economic life over the decades. Lambeth is proud to be home to the Windrush generation and their legacy.
Lambeth is the key location for Windrush Day celebrations and the council, alongside community organisations, schools, businesses, and so many more, have developed a cultural programme of events to celebrate this occasion. The Windrush Day programme is a celebratory, educational, and joyful tribute, with tens of thousands Lambeth residents and Lambeth schools taking part and hundreds of thousands more reached online through social media.
The theme for Lambeth’s cross-borough Windrush celebrations 2022 is We Are Here. This theme invites us to learn about the history, stories, and experiences of the Windrush generation and their descendants, ensuring their legacy is recognised and celebrated across Lambeth.
I hope that everyone will be able to get involved and join us again, all throughout the borough and beyond, to explore and celebrate the Windrush generation at this time of immense social change and as we look towards the significant 75th anniversary of the arrival of the HMT Empire Windrush in 2023.