The Minute’s Silence at Worthing Town Hall will take place at 11 am on Saturday, 24 February 2024.
Minute’s Silence at Worthing Town Hall in 2023
The header image above shows Mike Tyler of the Worthing Ukrainian Friends Network addressing us. To the left of Mike is the Mayor of the Borough of Worthing, Councillor Henna Chowdhury and to the right is Worthing’s Deputy Mayor, Councillor Jim Deen.
At 11 am on 24 February 2023, one year after the start of the war in Ukraine, I stood with Worthing’s Ukrainian community to observe the nation’s minute’s silence at Worthing Town Hall.
A large crowd was present as we listened to an address by Councillor Henna Chowdhury, Mayor of the Borough of Worthing. Prayers were led by Pastor Rich Owen of the Worthing Tabernacle Church.
Representatives of the Ukrainian community in Worthing also spoke to us, as did Mike Tyler, founder of the Worthing Ukrainian Friends Network.
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Photographs from after the Minute’s Silence at Worthing Town Hall
We then made our way to the War Memorial outside Worthing Town Hall, where flowers were laid at the memorial.
Afterwards members of Worthing’s Ukrainian community generously hosted us with refreshments in the town hall’s Gordon Room, where the Ukrainian National Anthem was sung. I was priveliged to meet both Pastor Rich and Mike Tyler, who were able to appraise me with the situation of Ukrainians in Worthing. I learnt that Worthing hosts some 100 Ukrainians, and a further 30 are soon to arrive in our town. I learnt that some Ukrainians in Worthing can still carry out their previous work at a distance by working from home. Many have been less lucky in finding employment commensurate with their experience and skills.
In the free world, we strive to help and support Ukraine and its people, mindful of how, in their country, many have died, are displaced and, in some cases missing.
If there is to be another anniversary meeting, we trust it will be to mark a happier time of peace in Ukraine.
Photographs from the Minute’s Silence at Worthing Town Hall
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