Huddersfield Windrush 75th Anniversary - Name that Tunne

Background to Windrush 75th Anniversary 22 2023

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Has been designed by a dedicated team of volunteers who are passionate about preserving the legacy of Huddersfield Windrush Generation The initiative was started by Phil James and Like-minded people such as Cheryl, Angela and Mycil. who have volunteered their time and skills to help create a a website and Windrush Resource containing images and information free to access for the benefit of the community

Some Background

People of the African and Caribbean descent have been arriving in Britain dating back to the Tudor period.

The MV Empire Windrush arrived at Tilbury docks on 21 June 1948. Four hundred and ninety-two West Indian passengers had paid the £28 10s fare to travel to Britain in search of work. Most were ex-servicemen. Although smaller numbers of West Indian passengers had previously arrived on other ships throughout 1947, the arrival of the MV Empire Windrush is now seen as a landmark in the making of a culturally diverse Britain. The first waves of mass immigration from the West Indies continued into the late 1940s and early 1950s, and 10 years after the arrival of the Empire Windrush 125,000 West Indians were living in Britain. Today, one per cent of the current British population is of Caribbean background.

Accepting an invitation from the British Government to rebuild a war-torn nation, the Windrush Generation, many of whom served under the Crown in World War II, accepted the call to action and arrived with their strength, skills, hopes and dreams.


Thus the ‘Windrush Generation’ was born.

The term Windrush Generation term not only relate to those who arrived in 1948 aboard the ship HMT Empire Windrush. But has been expanded to encapsulate the thousands of men, women and children who left the Caribbean for Britain from the late 1940s to the early 1970s. They were encouraged by the 1948 British Nationality Act that granted citizenship and right of abode in the UK to all members of the British Empire.

The term ‘Windrush Generation’ is also used to encompass the many men and women of African and Caribbean origin who settled in the UK before 1948, having served in the British Armed Forces during WWII.

Name that Tunne brings to light just some Musical and Windrush contributions, both great and small, made by the Huddersfield and Windrush Generation who came to build lives in Huddersfield over the last 75 years:

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Anniversary events will centre around the Huddersfield Windrush Generation memories from music such as Big Drums, Carnival, Soca, Steel Plan, Sound systems, lovers Rock, Garage, Grime, Jungle, etc. And dances such as, Skanking, Dancehall, Breaking, Swing, Locking, Rock and Roll, Gospelcise and much more.

The Events will come alive with the sounds and soul of the Huddersfield Windrush Caribbean communities - there will be conservations and performances from Ska, steel bands, Carnival, calypso and grime to reggae.

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We are also Fundraising for KMJ Foundation who are a Huddersfield based Charity for young people.

KMJ Foundation Charity exists is support young people 11-25 and families in need.

Did you know?

Half of mental health conditions in adults start before the age of 14 and 75% before the age of 24. Prevalence of all types of mental health conditions are increasing in England

Findings from a number of key Published document have found that:

KMJ Foundation is are currently working to develop a number of peer support activities *It takes a Village" for young people experiencing life changes and living with Trauma, mental health and wellbeing issues.

Finally did you know that Local Mental health services are changing, but not fast enough to meet rising needs, leaving many children and young people with limited or no support. Too little is known about who receives support and crucially, who doesn’t. If you want to know more contact KMJ Foundation

"..I am feeling more positive and calmer after speaking to your volunteer. I realised that local support existed that I could use and after a couple of chats. Your volunteer, made me stop thinking like I needed to self harm. Thank You.." D

Text KMJFOUNDATION to 70085 to donate as little as £2

To our Partners – a Big Thank you