E BAT­TLES HER PAR­ENTS FACED TO GET MAR­RIED

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were black. He said he didn’t n’t want peo­ple to turn around nd and say, ‘You can’t ex­pect any ny more from them be­cause e they’re black.’ But he never r had a chip on his shoul­der.” ”

The cou­ple left in 1978 but t re­turned in 2006. Carla was liv­ing in the town and the cou­ple de­cided to move back, buy­ing a house on the site of his old RAF base.

Sadly, Harry died from lung cancer in 2011, a year af­ter Pauline passed away from de­men­tia.

Carla said: “Every­bodyy who you speak to re­mem­bers him. I do feel near my dad here and I have happy me­mories.

“I left home while we were posted here and, by the time I fin­ished col­lege, they had left. Af­ter I met my hus­band Michael, we de­cided to move back.

“Be­cause of my colour, they re­mem­ber me from the first time we were here in the 70s.”

Prime Min­is­ter Theresa May was forced to apol­o­gise ear­lier this year and Home Sec­re­tary Am­ber Rudd re­signed af­ter hard­line rules cat­e­gorised some Win­drush men and women as il­le­gal im­mi­grants.

A par­lia­men­tary com­mit­tee into the scan­dal said their treat­ment had been shock­ing and called for a “fun­da­men­tal change in law, cul­ture and pro­ce­dure”.

All Win­drush-gen­er­a­tion mi­grants have now been told they will be granted their cit­i­zen­ship pa­pers and ap­pli­ca­tion fees wi l l be waived. Some wi l l re­ceive com­pen­sa­tion.

Carla said she be­lieves her fa­ther would have felt sad about the con­tro­versy.

She said: “Dad would prob­a­bly feel blessed about his life but feel sad for the peo­ple af­fected by this.

“Peo­ple be­ing de­ported is scan­dalous. It wasn’t racist but it should never have hap­pened.”

Carla said Harry and Pauline’s love was as strong at the end of their mar­riage as at the be­gin­ning.

She added: “When mum got de­men­tia, dad was de­ter­mined to look af­ter her. He used to say he had made a vow and wanted to hon­our it. He got lung cancer and was so sad when my mum had to go to a care home.”

Harry only man­aged to re­turn to Guyana once be­fore his death. He used his life sav­ings to take his fam­ily there.

Carla, who was 13 at the time, said: “I re­mem­ber him cry­ing and I think that’s the first time I saw him cry. We were there dur­ing Christ­mas and New Year. It cost my par­ents all their sav­ings to take us there. They had been sav­ing for a de­posit on a house but my fa­ther felt it was im­por­tant to go.”

Carla’s daugh­ter Anna Stainke, 27, said she grew up in­cred­i­bly proud of her grand­fa­ther’s story. She said: “As I got older, I was aware of how con­tro­ver­sial it was at the time for a mixed race cou­ple to marry.

“I’ve al­ways known he was from the Win­drush gen­er­a­tion. It has taught peo­ple about the sig­nif­i­cance of it.”

CLOSE Harry and Carla with her kids Anna and Joe. Be­low, Harry and his wife Pauline with their daugh­ters Carla, left, and Chris­tine

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