Throughout the event there was a specially commissioned ‘Tilbury Docker’ puppet (photo) which was made by Kinetika and commissioned by the Tilbury on the Thames Trust to mark the anniversary. At 16ft tall, he was certainly not missed!
The Windrush70 celebrations were funded by Thurrock Council, Tilbury on the Thames Trust, Tilbury Riverside Project, Heritage Lottery Fund and the Port of Tilbury.
Charles Hammond, Chief Executive of Forth Ports said: “Today is a day for celebrating the anniversary of the Empire Windrush generation arriving, their continuing contribution to public life and the influence the passengers have had on British culture over the past 70 years. Tilbury was the gateway for the Windrush generation all those years ago and today it is fitting that we are the facilitator of the celebrations on the anniversary of their arrival. Iwant to thank everyone involved in making this a memorable day.”
Cllr Deborah Huelin, Thurrock Council’s Portfolio Holder for Communities, said: “The arrival of the SS Empire Windrush in Tilbury was a huge milestone in the history of both Thurrock and the rest of the country. It was a real honour for the council to be involved intoday’s 70th anniversary celebrations and we were delighted the community came together to recognise the important role of the Windrush generation in the birth of multi-culturalBritain.”
Source: Forth Ports, 22 June 2018