ThurrockBME and Zedgeneration organised a memorable event to end this year’s Black History Month. The event took place in the House of Lords on Monday 30 October. It was amidst the groundswell of love and grief for our friend David Amess MP (who would have been a guest speaker) that distinguished guests from Essex, London and further afield came to join the event.
The children threw red and white roses into the Thames so they would drift past Basildon, Southend and end up going out to sea via Tilbury – home of Windrush.
A lovely feedback message from an attendee was ‘It was so moving it restored my faith in humanity’.
The event was attended by Stephen Metcalf MP, Jane Stevenson MP, Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Essex Sidra Naeem, Deputy Lord Lieutenant of London and celebrity chef Cyrus Todiwala, Cllr Andrew Baggott (Leader of Basildon Council) and Police Superintendent Naomi Edwards. Also in attendance were the Windrush generation, Windrush Housing and first black headteacher in Thurrock Carton Darrel.