Weekend of fun to celebrate Bexley’s diversity

PUBLISHED: 07:00 07 June 2018 | UPDATED: 12:07 07 June 2018

Last year's Civic Parade. Picture: Mayor of Bexley Facebook page

Last year's Civic Parade. Picture: Mayor of Bexley Facebook page


Everyone is invited to join in the fun at a weekend-long celebration to acknowledge the contribution of migrant communities to Bexley over the past 70 years.

The special event will take place on June 23 and 24, marking the 70th anniversary of the arrival of the HMT Empire Windrush.

The celebration, which will also coincide with the Mayor’s annual Civic Parade, will start with live performances, food stalls and the launch of a special exhibition in the Broadway, Bexleyheath on Saturday, June 23.

The exhibition will include residents’ stories of migration and settling in Bexley.

The Mayor’s Annual Civic Parade will take place through the centre of Bexleyheath on the Sunday. It will include uniformed and community groups from around the borough as well as local dignitaries.

Following a service at Christ Church, the parade will meet up at the stage at noon for more music and the signing of the One Bexley Pledge by community leaders.

The pledge officially recognises the borough’s commitment to celebrating the unity of Bexley and focusing on what new and existing communities have in common.

Within her brief as Erith Deanery Community Deacon, the reverend Ann Norman has brought together partners and community groups, including Bexley African Caribbean Community Association, The Exchange and the London Borough of Bexley, to plan the celebrations.

Cabinet member for communities, Cllr Alex Sawyer, said: “It is wonderful to see so many of our talented community groups getting involved in the event.

“We recognise and value the contribution that all our residents have made to the borough and particularly celebrate the contribution of those brave pioneers of the Windrush generation on this 70th anniversary.”

To help gather as many local stories as possible, the team behind the event want to hear about a variety of residents’ experiences of internal and international migration into Bexley, exploring themes of aspirations, determination and belonging.

To share an experience email, or call 020 3045 4476.


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