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West Indians in Britain during WW2

West Indians in Britain during WW2

…Nice bit of history…
This BBC program was of course long before Alva Clarke’s “Calling the Caribbean”  in second half of the 20th century at Bush House, BBC, London; long before Sir Learie was knighted, etc…Historic stuff….

In this film, made during the Second World War by the Ministry of Information, a group of West Indians, led by Una Marson and Learie Constantine, assemble at Broadcasting House in London.  They describe to listeners of a popular BBC radio series, ‘Calling the West Indies’, how people from the Caribbean are supporting the war effort.

Constantine speaks about factory workers, and introduces some war-workers, including Ulric Cross, a bomber navigator from Trinidad. Cross tells of his work in the RAF and Carlton Fairweather introduces a film about lumbermen from British Honduras.  The film ends with a dance in the BBC studio.  (Stephen Bourne)

Interesting piece of history….and the quality of the video is very good considering how old it is…….Ulric Cross is in his 95th year, in excellent health and quite the gentleman ……  he has  received many awards both at home and abroad and had a very distinguished career after the war.