300 local school children visit the Port of Tilbury to mark National Windrush Day 2021
On the 22 June each year, the Tilbury on the Thames Trust in partnership with Port of Tilbury hold a celebration in the London Cruise Terminal to mark National Windrush Day where 73 years ago, the port played a significant role for the Windrush generation as their arrival point into the UK from their long voyage on board the SS Empire Windrush.
This year, in line with current COVID-19 guidance, the Tilbury on the Thames Trust and the port have invited 300 local school children to the London Cruise Terminal for an educational day focussed around Windrush.
Kids aged between 11 and 14 from five local schools in Tilbury will get to walk along the bridge that many Windrush “pioneers” would have used as they arrived in the UK for the first time. This bridge has been turned into an art installation by Eve Wright, an Essex-based artist, which includes 130 images and 35 audio recordings telling Windrush Stories.
The children will also visit the railway station where the passengers from the ship would have boarded trains to start their new life in the UK. Guides from the Tilbury Riverside Project will provide education talks about the history of Windrush and why it is important to mark the day and an acknowledgement of the contribution that this generation has had in the country, particularly in the NHS where many of the arrivals began their career.
The local schools are Lansdowne Primary Academy; Herringham Primary academy; The Gateway Primary Free School; Tilbury Pioneer Academy; and The Gateway Academy.
Commenting on Windrush Day, Stuart Wallace, Chair of Tilbury on the Thames Trust and Chief Operating Officer at Forth Ports said: “It is so important to remember the positive impact the Windrush generation played then and now in our local and national culture. We are extremely proud of the part the Port of Tilbury played when the SS Empire Windrush arrived in our port 73 years ago and today’s event with our future generation is a great educational opportunity for the community.”
Thurrock is proud of its connections with the Empire Windrush. A major celebration was held at the Port of Tilbury in 2018 to mark the 70th Anniversary of its arrival. A summer carnival was held in Tilbury on 20 July 2019 inspired by the local heritage of the area and the role of Tilbury with the Empire Windrush, as well as drawing on the style of the Notting Hill carnival. The project engaged with the local schools and residents of Tilbury, in a programme of educational workshops.
About the Tilbury on the Thames Trust:
The Tilbury on the Thames Trust was incorporated as a company limited by guarantee in February 2016. The Trust is governed by a board of 6 trustees drawn from the Port of Tilbury and the local community, bringing considerable expertise in skills and training, regeneration and local community knowledge to this project. This board has approved a vision statement which is to blend community and commercial uses at the Grade II* Cruise Terminal complex in Tilbury as part of a wider ambition to restore heritage, generate training opportunities and connect the Port of Tilbury to the communities of the Thames Gateway. www.tott.org.uk
About Forth Ports / Port of Tilbury:
Forth Ports Limited owns and operates Tilbury, alongside seven other commercial ports on the Firth of Forth and the Firth of Tay: Grangemouth, Dundee, Leith, Rosyth, Methil, Burntisland and Kirkcaldy.
The Port of Tilbury is the number one UK port for forestry products, construction materials, paper, grain, recyclables and warehousing space. The port has a strong market presence in bulk commodities, ro-ro, cars and cruise vessels. The port’s London Container Terminal handles a mix of short and deep-sea services, is the UK’s number four port for containers and has the greatest reefer (refrigerated container) point connectivity in Europe. Tilbury’s strategic location makes it a natural point for distribution, with nearly 20 million people living within 75 miles. Serving the UK’s market, the port offers customers excellent transport links to and from the UK’s capital and across the South East where over 50% of the population live and work. The port is a diverse multi-modal hub, covering around 1,000 acres (850 acres and the London Distribution Park, in addition to the Tilbury2 site) and is well positioned to access the M25 orbital motorway and the rest of the UK’s national motorway network. In addition, there are direct rail connections within the port and dedicated barge facilities.
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