Service of thanksgiving for the Windrush Generation
All Saints’ Church, Raleigh Street, Nottingham, held a service of celebration on June 27th for those who came to the United Kingdom on HMS Windrush in 1948, and for all those who had subsequently come from the West Indies and settled in the city.
A variety of speakers shared stories, memories, poems and music, including Cllr Merlita Bryan, Bishop James Stapleton, Esther Stapleton-Stone, Dianne Skerritt, Pitman Browne, Lilleth Clarke, Freddie Kofi and Dr Rose Thompson.
The event was a tremendous celebration of the contribution which the West Indian community has made to Nottingham and Nottinghamshire over the last 70 years, although concerns were also expressed about ongoing racial divisions and racist attitudes, alongside the way in which some people from the Caribbean have been treated recently by government organisations.
The service was led by the Revd Christopher Harrison, Rector of the parish of St Peter’s and All Saints’.