The MV Empire Windrush ship itself has an interesting history. First used by the elite of the Nazi Party, it began its life as a German cruise ship called the Monte Rosa before becoming a German troopship during World War 2 and being captured by Allied forces in May 1945. Quite a journey from the fascist Monte Rosa to an enduring symbol of multiculturalism and tolerance.
The inclusion of the arrival of the Windrush in last year’s Olympic Opening Ceremony cemented it as arguably the most iconic symbol of migration and multicultural Britain to date. While we may be losing that first Windrush Generation, that sense of hope and of contribution and the building of a tolerant, respectful society especially must never be lost. That is why Windrush Day is important.