Windrush Day 2021

To mark Windrush Day tomorrow, Tuesday 22 June 2021, the Windrush flag will be raised outside Birmingham City Council House at 9.00am. Among those joining Councillor Muhammad Afzal (Lord Mayor of Birmingham) at the ceremony will be the Most Revd Bernard Longley (Archbishop of Birmingham), the Right Revd David Urquhart (Bishop of Birmingham), Bishop Desmond Jaddoo (Co-Chair of West Midlands Faith in Action), Revd Dave Ellis (Heart of England Baptist Association) and Father Damian Ozokwere CSSp (Chaplain to the West Indian Community for the Archdiocese of Birmingham).

Due to ongoing Covid-19 restrictions, attendance at the ceremony is by invitation only. From 8.45am, the Lord Mayor, Assistant Chief Constable Matt Ward and Chief Fire officer Wayne Brown will each make short statements. After Archbishop Bernard has offered a prayer for the Windrush generation, the Windrush flag will be raised while a song is sung a capella. The ceremony will continue with a minute’s silence, input from Horace Barnes (WAWI), schoolchildren, Bishop David Urquhart and Bishop Desmond Jaddoo.

The Windrush Day ceremony provides another opportunity to continue the work being undertaken by the inter-denominational group, ‘Time4Change,’ which is working to remove prejudice, build relationships, engender respect and develop cooperation in the city’s Christian community. Read more about Time4Change HERE.

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