It was a real privilege to be invited to make a speech at a very special event this week to mark Ukraine Independence Day. The event was held in Cripplegate Park and around 100 people attended.
We joined in a circle holding hands, joining in the worldwide chain of unity and sang along to the Ukraine national anthem as others did across the world, both as a sign of unity and to express their gratitude at those countries which have supported Ukrainian refugees.
I was given a beautiful handmade wreath to wear on my head and some other ladies wore them too.
After the circle we gathered in the pavilion which has been recently painted and decorated by the Friends of Cripplegate group. We enjoyed traditional Ukrainian food and soft drinks – a lot of food, including some rather nice potato and some mushroom savouries – my description does not do it justice! Ukrainian music was then played and there were Ukrainian national dances.
People gathered outside and dancing was continuing as I left. The tables inside and outside were beautifully decorated. I met one of the family hosts too. The kindness I was shown was second to none and I am very touched to have met such warm and amazing people.
I have had a busy first few months as deputy mayor and I am thoroughly enjoying it. I have attended art exhibitions, musical performances, summer fetes and, of course the wonderful Worcester Show. I was also pleased to lead the parade for the Worcestershire Pride event – it was lovely to see so many young and positive people, plus a bright array of clothes and some talented make-up.