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28th Jan, 2022

Solidarity as Redditch Polish community mourns murder of mayor

Ross Crawford 16th Jan, 2019

REDDITCH Labour group have sent a mention of sympathy and solidarity to the people of Gdansk after the city’s mayor was stabbed to death on Sunday evening.

Pawel Adamowicz was doing the final countdown for Poland’s WOSP charity in front of thousands of people when he was brutally attacked.

The Polish community in Redditch includes many from the famous port city and all have expressed shock and horror at Mr Adamowicz’s murder.

The leader of the Labour group on Redditch Borough Council, Councillor Bill Hartnett, who attended the WOSP celebrations here in Redditch, said: “This is such a tragedy – and we as a group are sending our sympathies and condolences to the people of Gdansk.”

People queued for hours to donate blood after an appeal was launched to save Mr Adamowicz life, but he passed away on Monday.

The mayor had previously been targeted by right wing groups who accused him of ‘liberalism’ and ‘multiculturalism’.

A candlelit vigil following his death brought thousands of people into the main square in Gdansk.

The WOSP event – in English The Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity – is a massive international fundraising drive to buy vital hospital equipment for sick babies and senior citizens in Poland.

The event in Redditch, held over three days, is the biggest in the Midlands and attracted people of all nationalities.

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