Crowds gather in Ipswich town centre to mark Windrush Day

Caribbean flags in front of Ukraine flags on balcony

Every June 22, communities come together to mark Windrush Day - Credit: Sarah Lucy Brown

Crowds gathered in Ipswich town centre as the community came together to mark Windrush Day. 

The event, hosted by Suffolk Windrush Select Committee, focused on celebrating the achievements of the African Caribbean community in the county.

"Events like this are so important because they help educate people", said Charles Challenger, a co-organiser of the event.

Charles Challenger

Co-organiser, Charles Challenger, said: "Events like this are so important because they help educate people" - Credit: Charlotte Bond

"It helps us all raise awareness as to why we are where we are and how we got here.

"In educating ourselves through events like this, we can learn what a huge part the Caribbean islands played in key moments throughout the country's history.

"It means so much to me to understand all of this. 

"It helps us as a nation to understand where we all are today."

Two women smiling in front of flags

Windrush Day celebrations were in full swing on the Ipswich Cornhill. Pictured: Jecena Parris and Cristabel Livers - Credit: Sarah Lucy Brown

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The celebrations, which took place at The Cornhill, included Caribbean food, live music and business stalls.

The Suffolk Windrush Committee and the Mayor of Ipswich also gave talks.

Every year on June 22, Windrush Day marks the arrival of thousands of Caribbean migrants who arrived in the UK between 1948 and 1971.

People were enjoying a dance in the sunshine on the Cornhill to for Windrush Day. Picture: Sarah

People were enjoying a dance in the sunshine on the Cornhill to for Windrush Day. Picture: Sarah Lucy Brown - Credit: Sarah Lucy Brown

The date represents the arrival of HMT Empire Windrush at Tilbury docks on June 22 1948.

This year, a monument at Waterloo Station was unveiled in London to pay tribute to the Windrush generation.

One of the collaborators on Suffolk Windrush Celebration was Ipswich Borough Council. 

Karen Walker, Ipswich Mayor John Cook, Charles Moore

The celebrations included Caribbean food, live music and business stalls. Pictured L-R: Karen Walker, Ipswich Mayor John Cook, Charles Moore - Credit: Sarah Lucy Brown

Councillor Bryony Rudkin, council portfolio holder for communities, said: “IBC is delighted to be supporting today's Windrush Festival on the Cornhill and in the Town Hall.

"We cherish and value those who came to our town from the Caribbean and made it their home.  They and their families are at the heart of our community.  

People were enjoying a dance in the sunshine on the Cornhill to for Windrush Day. Picture: Sarah

People were enjoying a dance in the sunshine on the Cornhill to for Windrush Day. Picture: Sarah Lucy Brown - Credit: Sarah Lucy Brown

"We are an outward-looking port town and our diversity is important to us.  

"This is a great day to thank and honour those who came from the Caribbean and settled here.”

Windrush Day celebrations were in full swing on the Ipswich Cornhill. L-R Asher Flowers, Colin Vaugh

Windrush Day celebrations were in full swing on the Ipswich Cornhill. L-R Asher Flowers, Colin Vaughan, Ruben Flowers. Picture: Sarah Lucy Brown - Credit: Sarah Lucy Brown