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Source: City of Coventry

Published Thursday, 30 April 2020

The city of Coventry has sent its thanks to the people of Poland as they prepare for a weekend of remembrance and celebration.

This weekend will see Poland mark Polish Diaspora and Poles Abroad Day on Saturday (2 May) and Constitution day on Sunday (3 May).

The aim is to celebrate and promote Polish history, culture, and heritage and to emphasise the positive contribution made by nearly one million Poles living in the United Kingdom.

A key part of this year’s celebrations will be honouring the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Britain and the 75th anniversary of VE Day, and the role played in the war by the people of Poland.

In the Battle of Britain, Poland had the second largest contingent in the Royal Air Force.

The major events planned have had to be cancelled because of social distancing guidelines, but Polish people in Coventry will still be marking the event at home with family, remembering those who gave so much and celebrating the role they play in Britain today.

To help the city pay tribute, the Polish flag will be flying outside the Council House throughout the weekend.

Deputy Leader of the Council, Cllr Abdul Salam Khan, has also written to the Polish Ambassador, Mr Arkady Rzegocki.

He says: “We will be delighted to show our support for the Polish community in the UK, and more particularly in Coventry, and will be pleased to raise the Polish Flag.

“We value the friendship of the Polish community here in Coventry and the valuable

contributions they make to our city.”

Coventry has a strong Polish community, with the links going back to shortly after the Second World War.

A small group of soldiers from the Free Polish Army and their families settled in Coventry when they were unable to return home, and they created the Polish Catholic Parish in Coventry, which recently celebrated its 70th anniversary.

Coventry has also been twinned with the city of Warsaw since 1957.

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