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Daily honours patch’s Windrush generation with special supplement

A regional daily has paid tribute to members of the Windrush generation and their descendants who live on its patch.

This week marks 70 years since the ship, Empire Windrush, docked at Tilbury, in Essex, bringing a new wave of immigrants from the West Indies with it.

Yesterday the Birmingham Mail ran a special supplement marking the anniversary, and will also be running extensive coverage online on its Birmingham Live sister website throughout this week.

The anniversary celebrations come after the recent so-called ‘Windrush scandal’, which saw members of the Windrush generation wrongly targeted by government policies designed to deter illegal immigrants.

Windrush Mail

Mail editor Marc Reeves told HTFP: “This is a joint project with the organisers of a series of events across the city this week to honour the contribution of Brum’s Windrush generation and their descendants.

“The supplement and this week’s online coverage gives us a chance to tell some remarkable stories about their experiences, and how they overcame discrimination to build their new lives in the heart of the second city.

“All of this is in stark contrast to the atrocious treatment meted out by the government to some of them and their descendants in recent years, and I hope our coverage can provide some small antidote to that appalling episode.

“Big thanks to reporters Andy Richardson and John Layton, content editor Jayne Thomson and designer Matt Smith.”