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    Windrush Day

    Windrush Day falls on June 22 each year. The day honours the British Caribbean community, and the half a million people who travelled to the UK after the Second World War. The first Windrush Day was held in 2018. More people than ever before will take part this year to support the Windrush Generation, and show sympathy with the hardships they have endured. This new day, which began two years ago, is aimed at celebrating the Caribbean community and their contributions to British society On June 22, 1949 – 71 years ago – several hundred people arrived from the Caribbean to live in Britain. After World War Two, Caribbean people who had served in the British armed forces were encouraged to come to Britain and help to rebuild the UK. Many boarded a ship called the HMT Empire Windrush. It is estimated that around 500,000 people living in the UK are part of the Windrush Generation, who arrived between 1948 and 1971.