Great Yarmouth joins nation in a minute's silence for Ukraine
The mayor of Great Yarmouth, Councillor Graham Plant, led the borough in the nation's one-minute silence at 11am today (Friday, February 24) to mark the first anniversary of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
His Worship the Mayor led the silence outside the Town Hall in Great Yarmouth, beneath a raised Ukrainian flag where he was joined by councillors, council officers and residents.
Since the war began, thousands of Ukrainians have been killed defending their freedom from Russia's military onslaught. Millions more people have been forced from their homes, with 114,400 Ukrainians finding refuge in the UK under the Homes for Ukraine Scheme.
Great Yarmouth Borough Council organised the ceremony as part of the national minute's silence following the historic visit of President Zelenksyy to the UK at the start of the month. During the visit, the Prime Minister, Rishi Sunak, underlined the UK's steadfast commitment to supporting Ukraine for the long term, ensuring it can secure a lasting peace.
Mayor Plant said: "One year on from Putin's invasion, we stand in solidarity with our friends in Ukraine and remember all those who have lost their lives in the pursuit of freedom.
"This moment of silence was a time to reflect on the human cost of this conflict and show that we continue to stand with Ukraine.
"Thank you to everyone who joined us here at the Town Hall, along with the rest of the nation, in a minute's silence to pay tribute to the courage of the Ukrainian people and demonstrate the UK's unwavering solidarity with the country."