A solemn service was held in Bradford city centre to commemorate millions of Ukrainians who starved to death in what has been described as the world’s worst-ever holocaust.

Between seven and ten million people, including children, died from famine in the Ukraine in 1932 and 1933.

Today, around 50 people gathered in the Memorial Gardens to see one of the last survivors, 88-year-old Klavdia Semyaniv, unveil a memorial plaque on the 80th anniversary of the genocide, known as Holodomor.

The service was led by a Ukrainian priest, the country’s flag was held over the memorial site and a wreath, in the national colours of yellow and blue, was laid.

Orysia Chymera, chairman of the Bradford branch of the Association of Ukrainians in Britain, said it was an important event and Bradford Council was one of the few in the country to have recognised the genocide.

Mrs Semyaniv said it was an honour to unveil the memorial.