The main regional commemoration of the Holodomor in the North of England took place in Leeds Cathedral yesterday. Distinguished guests included the First Secretary of the Embassy of Ukraine, the Lady and Lord Mayor of Leeds, the Lady and Lord Mayor of Bradford, John Grogan MP and the representative from the Association of Ukrainians in Great Britain, Zenko Lastowiecki.

A procession headed by the AUGB Leeds and Bradford Branch Chairs opened proceedings to the sound of the Fialka ladies choir singing the “Our Father”. Children read out a moving poem, “Land of Plenty”, followed by readings of witness testimonies of survivors of the Holodomor.

Lord Mayor of Leeds, Councillor Graham Latty, lit a candle in memory of those who died.

The Panakhyda (Requiem) Service was concelebrated by Rev. Frs. Yevhen Nebesniak and Yaroslav Rij.

John Grogan MP spoke about how important it was when Keighley Council recognised the Holodomor as genocide and stressed that the events of 1932-33 and the millions who perished should never be forgotten.

Addresses were also given by the Embassy of Ukraine’s First Secretary, Dmytro Tretiakov and the AUGB’s representative, Zenko Lastowiecki.

The commemoration ended with the singing of the “Prayer for Ukraine”.

Participants then attended a local screening of the film “Hunger for Truth” and in the evening, lit candles at 19.32-19.33 hrs in memory of the millions that died.

Keighley News carried a report on the commemorations while BBC North’s evening news on Friday described the events of 1932-33 and held an interview with Holodomor survivor, Klavdia Semianiw.


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