His Excellency Volodymyr Khandogiy Ambassador of Ukraine and Aleksandr Lukyanchenko, Mayor of the City of Donetsk, will visit West Norwood Cemetery on Wednesday, 13 November to lay a wreath on the grave of John Hughes. Hughes developed the first iron foundry in what was then the Russian Empire, and the small town he constructed around the foundry grew into Donetsk, now Ukraine’s second largest city. The official party will be welcomed by members of the Friends of West Norwood Cemetery who researched Hughes’ burial and managed the restoration of his massive headstone, which had fallen into disrepair. The Friends were helped in this by journalists from Donetsk News and a generous donation from the Ukrainian Development Foundation, with the support of family descendants, Glamorgan Archives, the Borough of Lambeth and the Diocese of Southwark. People will gather in the cemetery at 10.30am for a simple wreath-laying ceremony at 11.00. The Mayor will then depart for Cardiff to open an Art Exhibition featuring Hughesovska/Donetsk.

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