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Windrush immigrant: Aldwyn Roberts, otherwise known as Lord Kitchener.

Here’s a historic irony that I discovered while going through a book I received – for my birthday, of all things.

The book – 1001 Songs You Must Hear Before You Die – includes a listing for London Is The Place For Me by an artist calling himself Lord Kitchener.

Have a listen:

Aldwyn Roberts, who performed as Lord Kitchener, was a Windrush immigrant – and there is newsreel footage of him disembarking from the Empire Windrush, singing this song.

The fresh-faced optimism of the lyrics and the upbeat calypso rhythm are ironic, considering what the current Conservative government did to the Windrush generation.

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