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Preston and Lancashire councils fly flags to mark Independence Day of Ukraine

Posted on - 24th August, 2022 - 5:39pm | Author - | Posted in - Politics, Preston City Centre, Preston Council, Preston News, Proud Preston
Pic: Lancashire County Council

Two Preston council buildings have today flown Ukrainian flags in a show of solidarity with the war-torn nation on its Independence Day.

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Today (Wednesday, 24 August), Ukraine celebrates its 30th year of independence from the Soviet Union, with the occasion set to be poignant as the nation marks six months since the Russian invasion.

Preston City Council and Lancashire County Council have both flown flags, with the county council set to light up its hall in blue and yellow in support.

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Pic: Preston City Council

Preston City Council’s Cllr Henshaw, the cabinet member for climate change, said: “The Ukrainian flag is being flown at Preston Town Hall on Wednesday, 24 August, Ukrainian Independence Day, as a demonstration of our solidarity with Ukraine and the Ukrainian people.

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“This follows the lovely Solidarity Sunday event held on the Flag Market where Ukrainian families were welcomed to our city.”

Lancashire County Council’s deputy leader Alan Vincent said the county ‘stands with Ukraine’ following the atrocities carried out by Russia.

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Pic: Lancashire County Council

Vincent said: “To mark Independence Day of Ukraine, County Hall will light up in blue and yellow in support of our European neighbours, who are still fighting for their freedom, six months from Russia’s invasion.

“On this poignant day, we are also flying the Ukraine flag at County Hall and other civic buildings as a simple gesture of solidarity with the people of Ukraine.”

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Vincent said it ‘saddens’ the council that the horrors carried out in Ukraine continue, but Lancashire will continue to ‘play its part’ in aiding the resettlement of those fleeing the conflict.

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