Newton unites in solidarity with Ukraine

By Steve Pope   |   Photojournalist   |
Saturday 5th March 2022 1:59 pm
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Vigil for Ukraine organised by Newton Crisis Care at Newton Abbot War Memorial.Ukraian and Newton resident  Svetlana Pike talks to the crowd who had gathered in solidarity with her war-torn country.
Vigil for Ukraine at Newton Abbot War Memorial. Svetlana Pike talks to the crowd who had gathered in solidarity for her war-torn country. (©MDA/StevePope )

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NEWTON About stood with Ukraine this lunchtime (Saturday, March 5) as residents of the town stood in support of the war-torn country.

The show of solidarity took place at the town’s war memorial in an event organised by Newton Crisis Aid.

Around 200 people, many donning the blue and yellow colours of Ukraine or carrying the national flag, attended the vigil.

Andrew Rose, chairman of Newton Crisis Aid, said he was amazed at the turnout, given that the vigil was planned at short notice.

‘We were expecting maybe twenty or so,’ he said. ‘But the response today has really been overwhelming.’

Newton Abbot resident Svetlana Pike, who moved from Ukraine to Newton Abbot in 1996, gave a poignant and moving speech to the the crowd.

‘I am very grateful to everyone who has turned up to express solidarity with us,’ she said.

‘I still have family in both Kyiv and the east of the country and these are terrible and worrying times.’

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