Kent Equality Cohesion Council in partnership with the North Kent Caribbean Network and Dartford Borough Council marked the 75th anniversary of the arrival of the SSE Windrush on Monday 19th June with a special flag raising ceremony in Dartford.

The event was attended by community and civic partners including the Founder of the North Kent Caribbean Network Claudette Bramble, the Deputy Lord Lieutenant Kelvin Holford, Mayor of Dartford Cllr Rosanna Currans and Leader of Dartford Borough Council Cllr Jeremy Kite MBE

The ceremony included a programme of short speeches that addressed the multiple contributions and achievements made by the Windrush generation as well as the many challenges and discrimination they faced upon their arrival. The 75th anniversary Windrush flag was then raised to commemorate the day followed by refreshments.

Gurvinder Sandher MBE DL, CEO of KECC commented, “It is incredibly important that we celebrate British history in its fullest context and in order to do that, we must acknowledge that our history is a colourful and vibrant one. The UK as we know it wouldn’t be the place it is today without the vast contributions made to it by the Commonwealth and today specifically, by the Windrush generation. Today is a day to remember and celebrate those who came to the UK from the Caribbean to help rebuild Britain after World War 2. We must always be grateful for their efforts and honour them with their rightful place in history. Special thanks to our partners North Kent Caribbean Network and Dartford Borough Council.”