Slough charity to record memories of Caribbean migrants

Motivation Dance Group Motivation Dance Group will recreate the dances from the 1950s and 1960s as part of the project

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Memories of Slough's West Indian community are to be recorded in an oral history project after being granted Heritage Lottery funding.

Remember The Times will focus on how Caribbean residents helped rebuild the town's economy after World War II.

The project, run by the Slough West Indian People's Enterprise (Swipe), will result in an exhibition, book, DVD and performances, next spring.

Jamaican migrants Keith Edwards and Queenie Marques in London, 1954 Caribbean migrants were invited to come to Britain after WWII to assist with labour shortages

Swipe said they were "a step closer" to preserving their history.

The charity has been granted £53,600 to work with Slough Museum to record, archive and showcase the stories of day-to-day life for Caribbean people in the 1950s and 1960s.

Slough was a central place for migrants from the Caribbean island of Anguilla.

Project co-ordinators will speak to those who set up businesses in the town and those who became black community activists.

They are looking for interviewees aged 50-plus of West Indian heritage - either born in the Caribbean or second generation born in the UK - who have a strong link to Slough and can share stories about working on the Slough Trading Estate and musical events in the town.

Clo Jeffrey, from Swipe, said: "We're delighted that the Heritage Lottery Fund has given us this grant.

"It's great to know that we are a step closer to preserving this history for younger generations."

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