Residents are invited to join the tribute to the bravery of Ukrainians in Guildhall Square on Friday 24 February starting at 10:50am. 

Portsmouth will join the nation on Friday 24 February to pay tribute to the bravery of Ukrainians and highlight the UK’s solidarity with the country. At 11am, the council will hold a minute’s silence to mark the one-year anniversary of the full-scale Russian invasion.

This event in Guildhall Square is open to all members of the public. Attendees are asked to arrive by 10:50am. The service will start with the raising of flags followed by the minute silence at 11am.  This will follow with messages from the Lord Mayor of Portsmouth Councillor Hugh Mason and Leader of Portsmouth City Council, Councillor Gerald Vernon-Jackson.

Councillor Hugh Mason, Lord Mayor of Portsmouth, said: “The first anniversary of the Russian invasion of Ukraine will be a poignant moment for the city and especially for those who have been directly affected.  It’s a chance to pause and express our hope for a just and peaceful outcome.”

Guildhall Square, Portsmouth’s city centre, is easily reached by public transport.

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