Incredible Windrush Day pictures show Brits flocking to streets for carnival
Britain is today marking Windrush Day to celebrate the contribution of Caribbean personnel during the Second World War and the impact descendants have had since then
Film, fashion and food events have been organised to mark the 75th anniversary of the arrival of HMT Empire Windrush and the contribution of Caribbean personnel during the Second World War.
Thousands and thousands of people flocked to the streets today to celebrate and shine a light on the impact the Windrush generation and their descendants have had on Britain over the years since arriving at Tilbury Docks on June 22, 1948.
Earlier today, King Charles took part in a service at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle in Berkshire for young people, to recognise and celebrate the 75th anniversary of Windrush.
Reverend Rose Hudson-Wilkin, the Bishop of Dover, told the congregation at the service that they had gathered at a time of particular “poignancy” because it was a day of celebration and thanksgiving for the hardworking good citizens she refers to as the “Windrush pioneers”.
She told the congregation: “They are pioneers who paved the way for generations who came after them, not merely to survive but to thrive.
“The significant contributions made by the Windrush pioneers in the United Kingdom to the National Health Service, the transport network, to the arts, sports, religion and life is second to none.”
The Windrush scandal began to surface in 2017 after it emerged that hundreds of Commonwealth citizens, many of whom were from the Windrush generation, had been wrongly detained, deported and denied legal rights.
It saw many British citizens, mostly from the Caribbean, denied access to healthcare and benefits and threatened with deportation despite having the right to live in the UK.
Take a look at some incredible photos from celebrations in the UK below.