The Empire Windrush
Tilbury was the starting point for mass immigration
I have just spent an enjoyable hour perusing your website and reading the interesting accounts of life in the 1950s in Tilbury. It is a wonderful site.
I am currently writing a novel which is set in 1948, and focuses on the arrival of the SS Empire Windrush in Tilbury in June 1948. The main character of the story is a local called Daisy whose father worked at the docks. Her life is turned upside down when she watches the ship arrive and becomes involved with one of the immigrants.
I would be very interested in talking to anyone who lived in Tilbury in 1948 and watched the ship arrive. I would like to hear firsthand what life was like in 1948 and how the locals reacted to the arrival of the Jamaican immigrants. I would also like to hear accounts about every day life in the town and life after the war. Did any of the immigrants settle in Tilbury itself?