History made as the Windrush flag flies in Kirklees

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.

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.

A resource pack for community groups has been developed which provides ideas of how to celebrate Windrush Day 2021, you can view it online here:

Windrush Day 2021 resource pack

Local Windrush pioneers, Kirklees Council staff and the Mayor of Kirklees came together for a picture to mark the historic moment of the flag flying Kirklees.

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 flag was raised at Huddersfield Town Hall on Monday 21 June and will be in flown until Sunday 28 June. The Windrush flag is being raised across the country but it will also fly at the Head Quarters of the Home Office, the Houses of Parliament and Jamaican Parliament, Kingston, West Indies.