Residents of Russia and the UK shared wartime family stories

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Members of the British civic organization Twin Cities Forum and Russian guests met virtually to share family stories and memories of the Second World War. 

The Deputy Lord Mayor of Coventry, Councillor John McNicholas, greeted the guests of the meeting. “Stories of our cities [Volgograd and Coventry] help build the modern world. Stories of those who lived in those difficult times guide our work to strengthen friendship. They inspire and will inspire us,” said John McNicholas. 

Valentina Mikhailovna Goryacheva, who will celebrate her 95th birthday on 11 February, shared her memories of a difficult life in the rear. She read a poem of her own composition, which deeply touched the participants of the meeting. Now Valentina Mikhailovna lives in Durham and is ready to tell the younger generation about the war period in order to prevent repetition of such tragedy. 

The guests of the meeting also heard stories about the wartime events that took place in Stalingrad, Coventry, Novorossiysk, Leningrad and other Russian and British cities and villages.