Britain: The Windrush Generation – No Longer welcome – BBC History

Britain: The Windrush Generation – No Longer welcome – BBC History

Passengers on the Windrush were told they they were headed for the ‘mother country’ and that they were all welcome. What did they experience after their arrival in Britain? .

Arthur Curling

Windrush immigrants

I came to England first in 1944 in the Airforce. I returned back to Jamaica in 1946 after spending two years there, it was too small for me. I joined the Airforce when I was 16 at the same time I left school, took my test and waited for the results. It was something beautiful at the time to all the young fellows in uniform. You think you want to be a part of something, but apart from that you can’t always say why you do something, you’re young, you don’t stop and think of the dangers and things, you just do what you feel you want to do regardless of what your parents say. My parents did not approve in the beginning, but they had no choice at the time, but like everything else, its your life or your education, you gain an experience.    

I went back to JA in November 1946, the Windrush came in 1948, I returned to England, you know your parents are strict for one, now you have more freedom. After you reach a certain time in life you think you want to get away from the control of your parents.     READ MORE

 

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