The Torch of Remembrance in Great Britain

The Torch began its journey on Sunday 29 June with ceremonies at both the Ukrainian Catholic and Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox cathedrals in London, then travelled almost 2000 miles around the country, visiting 14 towns and cities before ending its journey at Tarasivka on 5 July at the Ukrainian Youth Association’s 60th anniversary rally.

In the intervening period, the Torch was received at:

 Coventry – Ukrainian centre
• Derby – Town Hall and Cathedral
• Barnsley (twinned with Horlivka) – Town Hall
 Keighley – Town Hall
• Bradford - Town Hall
• Rochdale (twinned with Lviv) – Town Hall
 Ashton – Ukrainian centre
• Stockport – Ukrainian centre
• Manchester – Town Hall
• Edinburgh – City Chambers
• Houses of Parliament
• Welsh Assembly – Cardiff
• Gloucester – Ukrainian centre and Holodomor memorial in Cheltenham
 London – City Hall
 Nottingham – Ukrainian centre

The Torch was transported during the week in a specially branded car – the branding of which was designed and arranged by Orest Andriyiw from London, who also volunteered to drive the torch for the whole week. The Torch was accompanied for the week by Dr Askold Lozynskiy, President of the World Congress of Ukrainians, Bohdan Ratych or Martyn Chymera from the Holodomor Commemoration Committee, and Vladislav Rohoviy, Cultural Attache of the Embassy of Ukraine. The Ambassador and other senior embassy officials, attended several of the Torch events, including in Bradford, Manchester, Edinburgh, the Houses of Parliament and London’s City Hall, as well as the opening and closing venues.

During the Torch’s week-long journey, we estimate that over 2500 people were present at one event or more, not only from communities hosting the Torch, but from neighbouring communities. About 12 Mayors or Lord Mayors have been present and at least 11 MPs or members of the Welsh Assembly.

The Torch of Remembrance

Torch transport

Torch at Parliament

John Grogan MP holding the Torch outside Parliament

Dr Ihor Kharchenko and Zenko Lastowiecki handing over the Torch to the Ukrainian community in Sweden