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2,000 Attend Westminster Abbey Windrush 70th Anniversary Service

(BBC) More than 2,000 people attended a thanksgiving service marking 70 years since the arrival of Caribbean migrants on the Empire Windrush ship to the UK.

Hymns including Amazing Grace were played on steel drums as guests, including families of the Windrush generation, entered Westminster Abbey.

The migrants were among the first to be recruited to rebuild post-war Britain.

But there continues to be concern over a scandal which saw some of the generation wrongly face deportation.

As the music played in the abbey, Baroness Floella Benjamin was applauded as she briefly danced in the nave.

The Liberal Democrat peer and patron of the Windrush Foundation said that she felt “joy”, adding: “I was floating, like a bird, free.”

Prime Minister Theresa May, Home Secretary Sajid Javid and London Mayor Sadiq Khan attended the service, along with shadow home secretary Diane Abbott.

Among the guests was Baroness Doreen Lawrence, mother of murdered black teenager Stephen.

Earlier this week, the government announced an annual Windrush Day would take place.

Kenneth Williams :