A long history of friendship: Volgograd Square opened in Coventry

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A square named after Volgograd appeared in the center of the English city of Coventry. The opening ceremony was held on November 9 in the presence of members of the City Council, a representative of Queen Elizabeth II, a delegation from Volgograd, Russian diplomats, and the representative of Rossotrudnichestvo in the UK.

The square is located near the walls of the main local attraction, the Church of the Holy Trinity, and close to the ruins of St. Michael's Cathedral destroyed during the Second World War. The grand opening was held to the Russian anthem, which was performed by the Coventry Orchestra.

The representative of the head of the British state Queen Elizabeth II, deputy Lord Commandant Les Ratcliffe, noted the importance of the ceremony.

A ceremony of presenting Volgograd with Coventry award, which is awarded for the highest ideals of citizenship or outstanding achievements, was held in the framework of the Russian delegation’s visit. The award is issued in the form of a commendation along with a gold medallion pendant adorned with a ribbon in the city’s colors. The medallion features a phoenix symbolizing the rebirth of the city after Blitz Coventry.

In early November the British delegation led by Mayor of Coventry Linda Bigham visited Volgograd and took part in the VI International Forum Dialogue on the Volga: Peace and Understanding in the 21st Century. This year, thanks to cooperation in the framework of the agreement between Volgograd region and Rossotrudnichestvo, the forum has reached a new level. The pool of participants has expanded, and the topics were developed to include discussions of prospects for strengthening economic interaction along with the issues of development of partnerships in the social and humanitarian spheres.

Based on TASS materials

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