I humbly stand here with you with great respect and pride, to be given this special
opportunity to speak for and on behalf of the people of Preston and the wider district, to
formally acknowledge the Windrush Generation's immense contributions to the growth and
development of the local district and throughout the UK.
For many decades, our cities, towns, and villages have a long history of welcoming people
from other nations, and it is through our diverse collective work, responsibility and
understanding, that we can all make progress. The people of the Windrush Generation are
an integral part of Preston’s past and future development.
We stand here today on the shoulders of all those that came, making huge sacrifices whilst
progressing through challenging experiences to settle in the UK. Through hard work, venture
and commitment, the Windrush Generation like many others have established a new life in
the UK which has enabled us to be here today.
Some will remember taking those big steps to help regenerate, help rebuild and to help put
the 'Great' back into Britain, from the destruction and aftermath of World War 2. The
Windrush Generation arrived here through invitation of the UK Government and many
people from the Caribbean and commonwealth nations, took up the call from the ‘Mother
Land’ to help with the restoration, by settling and working in towns and cities up and down
the United Kingdom. Preston districts have been one of those major regions to have truly
benefited from the arrival of the Windrush Generation, who have made vast contributions in
all areas of UK society.
I am truly honoured to be taking part in raising greater awareness of the Windrush
Generation – It is the journey and story of people from the Caribbean and Commonwealth to
the UK. We acknowledge the Windrush Generation not only through this special flag raising
but also during the many worthy events and projects that instil a real sense of belonging.
Through collective work and responsibility, we are all here - ‘Raising the Standard for