Celebrating six decades of the West Indian community

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Preston laid on Caribbean weather as the city came together for Windrush 66, celebrating more than six decades of its West Indian community.

Organisers were delighted with the turnout as the sun blazed down on the cricket club in West Cliff.

Windrush 66 celebration at Preston Cricket Club

Windrush 66 celebration at Preston Cricket Club

“It was terrific, such a great atmosphere,” said Adrian Murrell, one of the organisers. “We more than doubled the attendance on last year.

“It was great to see people from all communities, black, white, Asian, coming together to enjoy the day. We even got the weather – Caribbean weather – so it couldn’t have been better.

“We are already planning to make Windrush 67 even bigger.”

The event, which featured six hours of live music, Caribbean food and calypso cricket, was on the 66th anniversary of the first West Indian settlers arriving in London aboard the MV Empire Windrush in 1948.

“It is about those brave people who fought through the struggle of everyday life in a very different Preston to the one we have today, ” said Adrian.

“If it wasn’t for them a lot of people wouldn’t have experienced the food, music, dance and fashion that they brought to England and to Preston.”