Two Ukrainian flags are flying high in Newton Aycliffe to show the town’s support for the people of the besieged nation.
As a sign of “solidarity and unity” with Ukraine, Great Aycliffe Town councillors – together with staff, church officials and members of the public – gathered at St Clare’s Church for a brief ceremony.
Rev Ann Anderson conducted a short service of worship and prayers for peace as the blue and yellow flag was raised at St Clare’s.
Another Ukraine flag is also being flown from the flagpole at Great Aycliffe Town Council offices on School Aycliffe Lane.
Speaking at the ceremony, the mayor of Great Aycliffe, councillor Mrs Sandra Haigh, said: “The town council shares the shock and sadness felt by people all around the world at the current situation in Ukraine.
“Our thoughts are very much with the Ukrainian people, as well as their family and friends living in different countries.
“We fly the flag today as a gesture of our strong solidarity with, and support for, Ukraine and the bravery of its people.”