Councillor Paul Osborn, leader of The London Borough of Harrow, has shared a message via the council’s website, honouring the 75th anniversary of the arrival of the Empire Windrush at Tilbury docks.
In his address, Cllr Osborn expressed profound admiration for the more than 1,000 individuals from the Caribbean who embarked on this historic journey as British citizens in pursuit of a brighter future.
“It’s 75 years since the Empire Windrush landed at Tilbury docks, bringing with it more than 1,000 people from the Caribbean,” Cllr Osborn stated, noting the significance of this event in shaping modern Britain. He acknowledged that while previous migrations from the West Indies had occurred, the arrival of the Windrush marked a seminal moment, heralding the onset of mass migration and serving as a symbolic cornerstone for the nation.
Recognising the immense contribution of the Windrush generation to the post-war reconstruction of Britain, Cllr Osborn remarked, “The Windrush generation made a significant contribution to the rebuilding of post-war Britain. Like many that followed, they did the hardest jobs and lived in the poorest housing.”
He further acknowledged the arduous circumstances they faced, enduring prejudice and racism while striving to improve their lives. In celebrating Windrush Day, Cllr Osborn underscored the impact that this generation and their descendants have had on British life and culture.
“Each Windrush Day we celebrate the contribution that this generation and their descendants have made to British life and culture. We are better, stronger, more prosperous and culturally richer for their arrival,” he said.
Cllr Osborn concluded his message by affirming the vital role that migrants continue to play in the nation’s prosperity and diversity. “Today is an important opportunity to celebrate the contribution made by migrants to this country. Diversity is a hugely important feature of our community and a great asset to both our organisation and wider society,” he said, noting the significance of embracing diversity and acknowledging the immense value migrants bring to the Harrow community and the nation.