2-dr-margaret-siriol-colley-2.jpgA Memorial Service celebrating the life of Dr Margaret Siriol Colley took place over the weekend on Saturday at St Michaels and All Angels Church in Bramcote, Nottingham.

Speaking to a packed congregation, heartfelt tributes were led by her four sons, Philip, Nigel, Richard and Graham. Further tributes were paid by Reverend David Edinborough (former vicar of St Michaels and All Angels Church), Kay Powell (Aberystwyth Old Students Association), Fedir Kurlak (Association of Ukrainians in GB), Yuriy Bender (Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church in GB), Glyn Yeoman (Nottingham Welsh Society), Paul Balen (Nottinghamshire Medico-Legal Society) and Reverend Paul Reynolds (vicar of St Michaels and All Angels Church)

The service was interspersed with congregational hymns and two performances by the Welsh Choir — Côr y Wawr -  singing "All The Way My Saviour Leads Me"  and "When We Walked to Merthyr Tydfil".

Speaking on behalf of the AUGB, Fedir Kurlak recalled his first meeting with Siriol Colley and her son Nigel back in 2003 and said that everyone greatly admired her strength and fortitude to keep going and not rest until the world knew about the extraordinary previously unseen documents - diaries, articles and letters of her journalist uncle, Gareth Jones. 

He said that Siriol had undoubtedly made an immense contribution to raising awareness throughout the world about the work of her remarkably brave uncle and the horrors of the 1932-33 Holodomor in Ukraine.

A full report will appear in the next issue of Dumka.  


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