Windrush Story Michael Hayles

Windrush Stories: Michael Hayles

The Caribbean Carnival of Manchester would like to thank Mr Michael Hayles for sharing his Windrush story with us. Everyone at the carnival would like to wish Michel and his family good health and the very best for the future. We hope to see Michael at carnival 2018!


My parents Windrush generation story …

by Michael Hayles


My parents were part of the Windrush Generation, both arriving separately from Jamaica in 50’s, my mother from St Catherine’s and my father from Clarendon. Both came to the UK as young adults for a better life.

My parent first settled, then met in Birmingham; soon after my sister Jackie and I were born. Mum was a nurse for 50 years and my dad was an engineer. I went to North Staffs Polytechnic studying business, while my sister Lancashire Polytechnic and studied Marketing.

In my first year, my Dad was taken from us quite suddenly at 50 years old by cancer. My Mum was devastated and wanted a fresh start so she moved house in Birmingham. Then, Mum felt the urge to return back home to Jamaica, so she sold up and moved back, buying a new house in St Catherine’s. During the early years of her being back in JA, she seemed to spend more time in the UK than in Jamaica, so we were not surprised to hear that she wanted to sell up and come back to the UK claiming to be missing her kids, friends, family, culture, and surprisingly the weather. She is now back in the UK, in her mid-80s and in great shape. Initially she rented, but is very happy now having bought again and in her own home.

I am very proud of my parents, especially my Mum, knowing how hard it must have been for them to have made a life in a completely new country, with all of the challenges that must of created.

At 53 its feels strange to have outlived my Dad, however he still played a massive part in my life, showing me the virtues and giving us all belief. I consider myself lucky to still have my Mum , siblings, own family of three daughters and wife of 24 years. Next year will be my silver wedding anniversary.



The Community Centre Show

The Community Centre Show

The Community Centre kicks off CCOM 2018

Coincidentally, this year’s Caribbean Carnival of Manchester (CCOM) is in commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the arrival of the ship, Empire Windrush at Tilbury Docks, Essex, in June 1948.

Amid the current Windrush scandal entangling Theresa May’s government, it is perhaps fitting that the organisers of this year’s festival bring the recognition of both the generation and their impact upon British soil. read more …





Manchester Carnival April 2018 Update

Windrush Bacchanal Update

Celebrating 70 Platinum Years of the Windrush Generation

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A message from the Chair …

Welcome all.

Hopefully, everybody is aware this year’s Caribbean Carnival of Manchester theme is Windrush bacchanal, celebrating 70 platinum years of the Windrush generation.

For anyone wishing to understand more about the Windrush generation, how the generation positively changed the UK with their brand of cultural music, dance and colourful vibrancy and the struggles they faced after landing on these shores, links to historical information on the Windrush generation have been randomly chosen and included at the bottom of this post.

To carnival 2018. Preparations are well underway. As we begin organising, the committee would like to take this opportunity to pass on messages to band leaders, performers, stall holders and troops.

The message to stall holders is, space in the park is limited and therefore at a premium. The committee is only able to allocate a pre-determined size plot to each stall holder; therefore, any stall holders wishing to bring trailers or similar into the park, MUST contact the Chair, Carnival Mickey, in advance to discuss whether it is possible to bring a trailer into the park and the cost implications. Mickey can be contacted on 07985 400 384 or at

If any troops, performers and bands would like to take part in this year’s carnival, likewise the committee invites band leaders to contact the chair to apply using the information above. The committee is preparing a new band/ troop registration form which will hopefully be uploaded to the website for download soon. So, please check back in a couple of weeks.

A comprehensive list of ‘What’s On’ for 2018 is still being established. However, the committee can confirm there will be a full road parade, 8 stages of fantastic performers in the park, as well all the favourites like African Corner, Latin Corner and others. The committee will announce more in due course.

Finally, if any confirmed performers or troops would like to feature on the carnival website, please contact Mickey with a write up and at least one banner image at least 750 pixels by 500 pixels in size. The same applies to advertisers; although, cost and terms and conditions apply for advertising on the carnival’s website platform.

Long live Lord Kitchener, the Trinadadian Calypso and Soca artist who started the embryonic Caribbean carnival in London.

See you all in August.

Carnival Mickey (Chair)


Get Ready
Caribbean Carnival of Manchester 2018


The Voyage of the Empire Windrush


Windrush, Part 1 of 4


Images of the Empire Windrush


The Windrush Generation

Sources of Information


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Windrush Bacchanal

Carnival 2018 Theme

The theme for carnival 2018 is Windrush Bacchanal, celebrating 70 years of the Windrush generation. But, who were the Windrush generation and why are they so special?

When the Empire Windrush passenger ship docked at Tilbury from the Caribbean on 22 June 1948, it marked the start of the post-war immigration boom which was to change British society. Images of the African-Caribbean passengers filing off the gangplank have become part of the country’s social history.

After WWII, Britain encouraged immigration from Commonwealth countries. To a large extent this was to help rebuild the country as there was a shortage of labour at the time. Windrush carried 492 migrants who were coming to a country promising prosperity and employment. Among them were the calypso artists Lord Kitchener and Lord Beginner from Trinidad & Tabago.

This years Carnival celebrates 70 years of culture, music, life-styles, horticulture, pride and struggles that came with these early settlers in this, it’s platinum anniversary year. It brought Soca, Calypso, singing, dancing, drumming and vibrant colours showcased by the legendary Calypso and Soca artist Lord Kitchener to the street of London and beyond.

Arrivals were temporarily housed near Brixton; the town’s Windrush Square commemorates the ship’s arrival. The majority remained to settle permanently, and now form a central part of British society. The ship itself made its final voyage in 1954.

We hope to see you on 11th & 12th August 2018 to celebrate the Windrush anniversary.