Hines Designs is determined that this year will be a year of celebrations and acknowledging the contributions of those hundreds of Windrush Pioneers who landed at Tilbury docks 75 years ago, and their descendants to British life as we know it.
They will continue the celebrations in a unique way – an all-day event entitled, “75 Ways to Celebrate Windrush75 in Just One Day”, 14 October, Woolwich Works, The Fireworks Factory, SE18 6HD.
Across the country this historic event was commemorated throughout the month of June, but to ensure it is recognised as a milestone in British history, one organiser, Hines Designs, has come up with a unique way to cement this as a historical event in the Black History Month calendar and beyond.
22 June 2023, marked 75 Years since the landing of Empire Windrush at Tilbury docks.
This is the ship which brought the largest groups of migrants, British citizens from the Commonwealth to the UK.
Despite the hostile welcome which greeted them, they and their descendants have made an indelible mark on British life.
Michelle Hines, is the founder of Hines Designs, she said she was driven to establish this event during October as a way of acknowledging those who arrived in Britain over this period and what better month, outside June to establish this event.
”My Grandmother and parents, along with many others born and living in the Caribbean, were invited to the UK by the British Government during the Windrush era to help rebuild Britain after the second world war.
They and many other Caribbeans who settled in the UK, made invaluable contributions to British society in terms of hard work; a buoyant economy; and a vibrant culture.”
“In recognition of the huge sphere of influence of the Windrush Generation and their descendents – from our historical past to present day and into the future – we call everyone to join us to celebrate “75 Ways to Celebrate Windrush75 in Just One Day”! to honour our Windrush Pioneers and the impact of their legacy”, says, Michelle
Following decades working in corporate world, Michelle has now embarked on realising her passion for arranging events at community level which celebrate her Afro-Caribbean culture.
“75 Ways to Celebrate Windrush75 in Just One Day”! will feature Caribbean Lunch and also the largest Caribbean Afternoon Tea Party in the country; Rum Cocktail Bar; Classical music from musicians from Chineke Orchestra, the most diverse orchestra in the UK and also from the Royal College of Music; a show of lovingly restored classic cars and high performance vehicles on display by Windrush Legacy owners; Children’s activities; a vibrant Art Exhibition, to name but a few activities.
Guests will also be able to live like the Royals, by hiring their own personal butler, who’s worked for VIPs and the Royal Household.
For Hines Designs this is its first major event, but the desire is to make it one of the most Caribbean led sustainable events in the UK’s annual calendar.
“75 Ways to Celebrate Windrush75 in Just One Day”! will, wherever possible, minimise the use of non-reusable plastic waste and aims to use recyclable materials and local providers to reduce carbon emissions.
Sustainability will be at the heart of this celebration, with many of the sponsors with businesses whose philosophy is also based on being environmentally friendly.
“This would not have been possible without the generous support of our sponsors”, says Michelle, who goes on to say.
“Many thanks to Delgety Teas, Jamaica Rum Vibes, Eurobottle & Design, Red Fox’s Kitchen, Alando Spaulding Professional Butler Services & Woolwich Works.”
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Saturday 14 October, Woolwich Works, The Fireworks Factory
10:00am – 06:30pm Plus After Party to 09.30pm
Michelle Hines’ has held a number of senior roles working for a number of world renowned classical establishments incl. the London Symphony Orchestra and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. She still sits on the London Symphony Orchestra’s Advisory Board and as Consultant to Black Lives in Music, as well as adviser on various interview panels in the classical music sector.
Michelle retired early to pursue her own events, through her company Hines Designs. 75 Ways to Celebrate Windrush75 in Just One Day is the first event from Hines Designs.
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