Bolton Ukrainian’s celebrate country’s 30th year of independence
The Bolton News
30th August 2021
By Lyell Tweed
BOLTON’S Ukrainian community celebrated a hugely significant milestone last week.
The Ukrainian Association of Bolton celebrated the 30th anniversary of Ukrainian independence on August 24 with a celebration in Victoria Square.
The town hall was lit up in the country’s blue and yellow, an event which was the first of its kind in the UK.
Yaroslaw Tymchyshyn, chair of the Bolton branch of the association of Ukrainians in Great Britain (AUGB), said: “The Ukrainian community has been in Bolton since 1948 and this was the first time the splendid Town Hall was lit in blue and yellow in all that time.
“This is the longest period of independence in modern Ukrainian history.
“We celebrated the remarkable achievements of the nation and its people since 24 August 1991, alongside praying for the lives which tragically continue to be lost in defence of democracy.
“The singing of the spiritual hymn to Ukraine, the Ukrainian National Anthem and God Save the Queen was accompanied by the Hoover Brass Band.
“A huge thank you to all members of the community, both local and from neighbouring towns, who turned-out in force to mark this historic occasion.”
The community was joined by the mayor of Bolton, Counsellor Minister Andriy Marchenko from the Ukrainian Embassy and Mr Petro Rewko, national chairman of AUGB with the Right Reverend Bishop Kenneth Nowakowsy, Ukrainian Bishop of the UK and Ireland.