AROUND 100 people gathered in the Market Place in Romsey to mark the second anniversary of the invasion of Ukraine by Russia.

The candlelit vigil, on Saturday, February 24, people reflected on the last two years of conflict. 

After some words of welcome from the Mayor of Romsey, Cllr John Ray, and a message of support from MP Caroline Nokes, who could not be present, delivered by her father Roy Perry, the gathering observed a minute’s silence. 

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Roland Matthews, one of the organisers, said: “This was followed by powerful contributions from a number of the Ukrainians present, including moving testimony from someone recently arrived from Kyiv whose husband is presently fighting with the Territorial Defence Force, and a beautifully performed Ukrainian song about the memories of a dying soldier. After a short prayer for peace and unity those present joined hands to form a human chain around the market place and the vigil closed with the singing of the Ukrainian national anthem.”