Shropshire Star

'Please don't forget': War devastation laid bare at Shrewsbury Ukraine culture celebration

Ukrainians have urged people in Shropshire to "please not forget" about the war, and to carry on supporting their soldiers on the front line.

The dancers started off the concert in style. Photos: Lora Arkhypenko

It comes after a big event involving refugees in Shrewsbury which, while celebrating the culture of Ukraine, laid bare the harsh reality of the ongoing conflict.

A full house at The Hive in Shrewsbury, including the town's mayor Becky Wall, witnessed refugees share their musical and culinary talents. Traditional songs and dances were performed, before an array of sweet and savoury dishes were served at an interval buffet.

A humanitarian aid volunteer, who asked not to be named for security reasons, told of his journeys backwards and forwards from south Shropshire to Ukraine with van-loads of donations.

He told how he had visited many towns and cities, including some of the worst-hit areas.

There were heart-warming videos of grateful Ukrainians thanking Shropshire people for what they have shared, including one of children in a library saying a "big thank you" to people in Church Stretton for books which were donated.

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