For the first time ever the Windrush flag has been raised at town halls across Kirklees.
The flag is flying at Huddersfield, Batley, Dewsbury and Cleckheaton Town Halls to mark Windrush Day and will continue to be flown at Huddersfield Town Hall until Sunday.
The flag has become recognised nationwide and will be flown in cities and towns up and down the country as part of the annual celebrations.
In 2018, the government declared 22 June every year to be Windrush Day. It is an opportunity to celebrate and raise awareness of the contributions the Windrush generation have made to the UK.
Cllr Shabir Pandor, Leader of Kirklees Council, said:
“Since 2018 we have marked Windrush Day here in Kirklees and I want to once again take this opportunity to highlight the importance of the Windrush generation. Those early generations who came from various Caribbean Islands to rebuild the country post-World War II, and the generations that have followed, have contributed so much to society.”
“The people of the Windrush Generation are an integral part of Kirklees’s past and future development. Let’s take this opportunity to celebrate this generation and make sure that their story is not forgotten.”
“We are raising the flag as a show of appreciation, unity and support and I hope by doing so that we increase awareness about the importance of the way in which the Windrush Generation have positively shaped modern day life in the UK.”
“Unfortunately some of those people from the Windrush generation, and subsequent generations, are still struggling to gain their rightful citizenship to live and work in the UK. If this applies to you or someone you know, you can access help through the Windrush helpline: 0800 678 1925.”
Johnny Flowers, local Windrush pioneer, said:
“I left Jamaica in 1961 and found a new home in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire. It fills me with so much pride to see the Windrush flag flying in my hometown. The flag is an acknowledgment to the older Windrush generations but also to the younger generations and to those who will follow.”
“I hope that we continue to celebrate Windrush Day for many years to come as I believe it’s important for people to know about the contributions we have made and continue to make.”
The Windrush flag was designed by Nigel Guy who was born in Bradford descending from a Caribbean rich heritage of Indian & African parents. The artwork for the flag is a design that is based on one of the iconic images signifying the SS Empire Windrush as it was docking into port on June 22, 1948. The 6 main colours of the design are typical of the national flags of the Caribbean and the UK.