Alok Sharma, the Member of Parliament for Reading West, on Saturday 2 September attended the re-opening of the Ukrainian Community Centre in Reading.
Alok came to support the re-opening and spoke to those attending to mark the occasion, alongside Her Excellency Ambassador Natalia Galibarenko and the Mayor of Reading. The re-opening was followed by a reception with performances from folk singers, musicians and also traditional prayers.
The Community Centre on Sidmouth Street has undergone a complete renovation after many years of use and are now open for use by local activity groups, including folk dancers, gaming societies and the Reading Branch of RAF Veterans.
Alok Sharma MP said: “I was delighted to be invited to the re-opening of the Ukrainian Centre. We are very lucky in Reading to have such a diverse mix of nationalities living together and my congratulations to the Ukrainian Centre for such a brilliantly organised and very well attended re-opening.”
Stefan Bomok, Reading Ukrainian Community Centre, said: “A community of Ukrainians have been living in Reading since the end of the War. Sadly most of those original Ukrainians have died, but, we, their children are maintaining the traditions and culture that was taught to us, passing it on to our children and grandchildren. With an open door policy for everybody, Ukrainian and non-Ukrainian.”
Photos: Alok Sharma attends Ukrainian Centre re-opening