THE TORCH OF REMEMBRANCE IN DERBY

Derby
30.06.08


Derby
The Mayor of Derby, Cllr Barbara Jackson with the Torch. In the foreground, from left to right, Vladyslav Rohoviy (Cultural Attache of the Embassy of Ukraine), Joe Kupranec (AUGB Derby Branch Vice-Chairman, and Askold Lozynskiy, President of the World Con

The Torch was greeted officially by The Mayor of the City of Derby, Councillor Barbara Jackson, on the steps of the historical Council House Building. Joe Kupranec ((Branch Vice-Chairman) handed over the lit Remembrance Torch to The Mayor with Askold Lozynsky and Vladyslav Rohoviy.
 
All those present entered the building into the Main Porch area to listen to the Mayor's speech from the grand marble steps next to the lit Torch held throughout by Joe Kupranec. In her speech she highlighted how proud the city of Derby was to be chosen as part of this week's Torch rally and underlined the importance of the Holodomor - that we should never forget the 7million victims who suffered during 1932-33 Stalin's purge. She also drew some parallels with what is happening today in some African countries such as Ethiopia & Zimbabwe.
 
Vladyslav Rohoviy, the representative of the Embassy of Ukraine, read out a statement in English from the Ambassador, Dr Ihor Kharchenko.
 
Councillor Ruth Skelton – Council Cabinet Member for Adult Services and Health - represented the Leader of Derby City Council, Councillor Hilary Jones. She also underlined how important it is to let the world know about these events. She is probably the exception because one of her best friends at school was a Ukrainian and her parents spoke to her about the horrific genocide events of 1932-33.
 
The final speech was given to Rt. Hon. Margaret Beckett MP for Derby South (and former Foreign Secretary). In her speech she said that over the years she had established a long- standing relationship with the Ukrainian Community and was very proud to be present today. She reminded everyone that nothing is impossible. Going back many years when the Ukrainian community was fighting for the freedom and independence of Ukraine, not many of the older members believed this would happen in their life-time. She concluded by saying that we must continue to let the world know about the atrocities that occurred in Ukraine during the years 1932-33 and should never forget the victims of The Holodomor. 
 
Those present then went to Derby Cathedral for a short service. The procession was led by Cannon Nicholas Henshall of the Cathedral, Father Mykola Martynyuk, the local Ukrainian Parish priest with The Mayor of Derby in the middle. Around 50 members of the Ukrainian Community followed the Torch with other guests such as Margaret Siriol Colley (niece of Gareth Jones), Kirit Mistry, Executive Director of Derby Racial Equality Council and other representatives from ethnic minority communities based in Derby.
 
The procession followed the Torch into the Choir of the Cathedral. Canon Nicholas Henshall welcomed everyone to the Cathedral and was personally very proud to hold this important event here. Joe Kupranec then asked Father Mykola Martynyuk to say prayers from The Panachyda, commemorating the 7 million victims of the Holodomor genocide.
 
Vladyslav Rohoviy then said a few words in Ukrainian followed by Askold Lozynsky, President of the World Congress of Ukrainians, who highlighted in his speech that nearly one third of the victims were children and quoted a letter from the Italian Ambassador in Kharkiv written in 1933 about the suffering he personally witnessed.
 
Canon Nicholas Henshall concluded the Commemorative Service with The Beatitudes, a Reading from Revelation 21.1-6, a prayer of remembrance of the past and The Lord's Prayer.  Guests then had the opportunity to sign The Book of Remembrance before the Torch left for Barnsley.



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