Poems, speeches and charity donations at Llandudno march for Ukraine

CROWDS gathered and money was raised to buy medical supplies following another peace march in Llandudno for Ukraine last weekend.

The march started by the bandstand on the North Shore promenade at 12pm on Saturday, July 9.

A similar event in Llandudno was held in April, following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February, while a charity concert in the town in May raised more than £1,000.

North Wales Pioneer: Ukrainian flags waved at the peace march. Photo: Helen DenningUkrainian flags waved at the peace march. Photo: Helen Denning

Collections at this march gathered a total of £175, which will be used to buy medical supplies to send to Ukraine.

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Helen Denning, a Llandudno resident originally from Ukraine, who has friends and family still based in her home country, hailed a successful event.

She said: “It was a beautiful day, and we had a good turnout. Ukrainian refugees and British people made beautiful informative posters about the war.

“As we walked along the promenade with Ukrainian flags and posters, the passers-by cheered and waved to us.

“Ukrainians sang the Ukrainian anthem and other traditional Ukrainian songs.

North Wales Pioneer: Messages of support for Ukraine. Photo: Helen DenningMessages of support for Ukraine. Photo: Helen Denning

“At the bandstand, Anastasiia, a Ukrainian refugee from Kremenchuk, dressed in a traditional Ukrainian costume, recited a touching poem written by Pavlo Vysheba, a poet and a musician from Kramatorsk, but now defending Ukraine near Donbas.

“In his poem to his daughter, he asks her not to speak of the war, but of beautiful things around us.

“Two Ukrainian brothers, Volodymir and Nikolay from Kyiv, read their speech about Ukraine and expressed their thanks to British people for their support and for welcoming Ukrainians into their homes.

“Carol Marubbi, the mayor of Llandudno, joined the event together with the town’s Miss Alice, Thea Graham, who carried the donations buckets for Ukraine during the march.

North Wales Pioneer: Mayor of Llandudno, Carol Marubbi (left) and Miss Alice, Thea Graham (centre). Photo: Helen DenningMayor of Llandudno, Carol Marubbi (left) and Miss Alice, Thea Graham (centre). Photo: Helen Denning

“It was also very kind of Bernie Haniewicz from Conwy Employment Hub to join us at the march – he brought the leaflets in Ukrainian about the hub and kindly handed them out to the Ukrainians.

“It was also good to see the councillor of Tudno Ward, Dr Robert Atenstaedt, and his wife.”

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