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Windrush Generation’s Carnival honour

TOGETHER: The Windrush Generation will be recognised in this year’s Carnival

THIS YEAR’S Notting Hill Carnival will honour the Windrush Generation according to the event’s organisers.

Earlier this year it was announced that a special piece of music composed from the Tabernacle youth programme will be included at carnival referencing those who arrived in the UK between 1948 and 1971 from Caribbean countries.

A new community advisory board has also been established to produce initiatives aimed at to reinvigorating the event’s community links.

The Windrush Scandal earlier this year saw people who came to Britain from the Caribbean between 1948 and 1973 as part of the Windrush Generation wrongly detained, denied legal rights, threat- ened with deportation and, in around 63 cases, wrongly deported from the UK by the Home Office.

All the cases were as a result of the government’s hostile environment policy instituted by Theresa May as part of her hostile environment policy.

As well as those who were wrongly deported, an unknown number were wrongly detained, lost their jobs or homes, or were denied ben- e ts or medical care to which they were entitled.

In a year that has also seen a number of Windrush Generation members also wrongly refused re-entry to the UK, and others threatened with immediate deportation by the Home Office, carnival-goers have welcomed the focus of Europe’s biggest street party on honouring the Caribbean.

Regular carnival-goer Katherine-Michelle Showunmi, told Vice magazine: “I actually know somebody that’s caught up in the scandal. She’s been in this country since she was two or three years old and she’s now 28.

“She missed her mother’s funeral back in Jamaica because her papers were uncertain. She didn’t know if she would be able to come back into the UK, where she’s been most of her life.

“Carnival is going to hopefully make us feel loved again. People are embracing our culture that means they are embracing us.”

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