14 May 2023
The Lord-Lieutenant of Nottinghamshire, Sir John Peace, the High Sheriff of Nottinghamshire, Professor Veronica Pickering DL, Lord Mayor of Newark, .Laurence Goff and CG Michał Mazurek, commemorated victims of the Katyn massacre at Southwell Minster.
The Katyn Massacre was a series of mass executions of 14,500 Polish military officers and intelligencia prisoners of war carried out by the Soviet Union in April and May 1940. A memorial was erected in the Airmen's Chapel of Southwell Minster in 1987 and reads:
KATYN/ THIS STONE WAS GIVEN BY/ THE ANGLO-POLISH SOCIETY/ TO COMMEMORATE THE/ 14500 GALLANT POLISH/ PRISONERS OF WAR WHO/ WERE MASSACRED IN/ KATYN FOREST & OTHER/ PLACES IN RUSSIA IN/ 1940