The Empire Windrush
On 22 June 1948 the Empire
Windrush docked at Tilbury, bringing just under
five hundred immigrants to the UK - mainly from
the West Indies. This event symbolised the
begining of large scale immigration to the UK
from Commonwealth countries.
Sixty years later, the event was
celebrated by a Thurrock Heritage plaque at the
London Cruise Terminal. The plaque was unveiled
by Lynda Viccars, Cruise and Marine Co-ordinator
at the Port of Tilbury. It includes the words of
the calypso musician, Lord Kitchener, who was one
of the passengers.
The Windrush Ferry brought
a party of Windrush survivors and descendents of
the Windrush generation to Thurrock from Tower
Hill. Visitors were given a tour of the terminal
by Heritage Officer, Jonathan Catton. The event
was hosted by the Port of Tilbury and the
Thurrock Festival Group and was supported by the
heritage lottery fund.