Transport for London (TfL) are commemorating the 75th anniversary of the arrival of passengers on the SS Empire Windrush by giving one of their buses a colourful makeover. Designed by artist Baraka Carberry, the double decker bus will play a big part in TfL’s float at the Notting Hill Carnival parade this bank holiday weekend (August 27-28).
A celebration of the culture and contributions of the Windrush generation, Baraka Carberry’s design features an elder and two younger descendants, representing the generations of people who have contributed to both Notting Hill Carnival and the Windrush legacy.
TfL will be there for the duration of the carnival, alongside Lagniappe Mas band and the Windrush Generation Legacy Association. The bus will carry a combination of elders, many of whom used to work for TfL, and current employees — recognising and celebrating their contributions to transport in the city.
Andy Lord, TfL’s Transport Commissioner, said: “Our transport network would not be the success it is today without the incredible contributions of the Windrush generation who answered the call to come here from the Caribbean to work, so Baraka Carberry’s design is a fitting tribute. I am honoured to join our Windrush veterans, their descendants and colleagues past and present at the carnival to mark this significant anniversary of the arrival of Empire Windrush, whilst also celebrating the diversity of our people.”
After the carnival, the bus will be in service throughout Black History Month in October.
Also published on Medium.