VE Day ceremony in Windrush Square

Written by on 7 May, 2018 in Community, What's On - Comments Off on VE Day ceremony in Windrush Square
Nairobi Thompson and Jak Beula at the African Caribbean war memorial in Windrush Square

Nairobi Thompson and Jak Beula at the African Caribbean war memorial in Windrush Square

Brixton’s African Caribbean war memorial in Windrush Square will be the scene of a VE (Victory in Europe) Day celebration tomorrow (8 May) that has even more significance than usual.

African Caribbean war memorial in Windrush SquareIt comes as the government’s “hostile environment” policy for people it does not want in the country, and its effect on the Windrush generation and their children, continues to make headlines. Windrush Square was the setting for a recent protest against the policy with speakers including shadow home secretary Diane Abbott.

Tomorrow’s ceremony, which is due to begin at noon, is organised by the Nubian Jak Community Trust (NJCT), whose chief executive Jak Beula was the driving force behind the long process of getting the memorial on to Windrush Square.

Tomorrow’s VE Day will mark the  74th anniversary of the Allied victory over fascism in Europe.

Speakers will include Lambeth mayor Marcia Cameron, NJCT patron Baroness Howells of St Davids and Dawn Hill CBE, chair of the Black Cultural Archives on Windrush Square.

Neil Flanigan takes the salute with Lieutenant Colonel Sulle Alhaji at last year's Remembrance Day ceremony in Windrush Square

Neil Flanigan takes the salute with Lieutenant Colonel Sulle Alhaji at last year’s Remembrance Day ceremony in Windrush Square

Tributes to the Caribbeans and Africans who helped to defeat fascism will come from WWII veterans Allan Wilmot and Neil Flanigan.

Speeches from the Retired Caribbean Nurses Association and Ministry of Defence are also expected, as well as from activists Marc Wadsworth and Lee Jasper. Dr Velma McClymont, former director of the Caribbean and African Learning and Heritage Centre, is also due to speak.

Alexander D Great and Nairobi Thompson at last year's Remembrance Day ceremony in Windrush Square

Alexander D Great and Nairobi Thompson at last year’s Remembrance Day ceremony in Windrush Square

There will be performances from poet and writer Nairobi Thompson, calypsonian Alexander D Great and Raoul Dero – The Universal Poet.

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