The New Country

In the 1950’s when my mum and dad came to the UK most people came by ship. Many arrived at Southampton and travelled up to London by train. They had left their families and friends behind in the West Indies to come to a very different country. It was a land where nearly all of the faces were white. The people lived close together in long rows of terraced houses. They travelled on packed rush hour trains. It was a land where smoke puffed out of thousands of chimneys on cold snowy winter nights.
Through all of these changes, challenges and difficulties these newcomers held onto their dreams of a new and better life in the UK.