South Ribble Council to fly the flag for Windrush Day

To mark Windrush Day, a flag will be raised at South Ribble Council offices next Wednesday, June 22.
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The Deputy Mayor and Preston Windrush representatives amongst others will be attending from 10am to also celebrate diversity within communities.

Sophie Wilding of Community Network Outreach Services (CNOS) said: "This is thanks to Councillor J Alty and her efforts with liaising with the Council and it's team in making this happen for the second year and hopefully for many more to come.

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"Whilst being a Windrush descendent myself, and respecting and recognising the past and the contribution of many of the first Windrush Migrants to our communities, our NHS, foods, music and much more, this is also a celebration of the diversity of South Ribble, not just those Windrush descendents, but all those with various/dual heritages and the positive steps since those earlier days.

A flag will be erected at the South Ribble Council offices next Wednesday (June 22) to celebrate Windrush DayA flag will be erected at the South Ribble Council offices next Wednesday (June 22) to celebrate Windrush Day
A flag will be erected at the South Ribble Council offices next Wednesday (June 22) to celebrate Windrush Day
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Windrush Day was introduced in June 2018 on the 70th anniversary of the Windrush migration where an estimated half a million people made their way to England after the Second World War.

The purpose of Windrush Day is to encourage communities across the country to celebrate the contribution of the Windrush Generation and their descendants.

Last June a Windrush campaigner from Preston was honoured in the Queen’s Birthday List for her services to the Afro-Caribbean community in the city.

Some of the people who attended last year's Windrush eventSome of the people who attended last year's Windrush event
Some of the people who attended last year's Windrush event
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Glenda Andrew, co-founder of Preston Windrush Generation and Descendants UK received the BEM (British Empire Medal). The 59 year old former pupil of Tulketh High School was praised for her volunteer work and community spirit.