Renovated Ho Chi Minh statue unveiled in Newhaven, UK

The statue was a gift from the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum Management Committee to the Newhaven Museum via the Vietnamese Embassy in the United Kingdom in 2013, to mark the 100th anniversary of the arrival of the young Nguyên Tât Thành (aka Nguyên Ai Quôc, then Ho Chi Minh) in the United Kingdom.

The renovation of the statue was implemented by the embassy with the support of the Newhaven Museum and the Vietnamese community in the European country.

Hoàng Long recalled this revolutionary’s 30-year journey across the world to find a path to liberate the country, including his 4-year stay in the United Kingdom, starting in May 1913. The ambassador stressed that the President Ho Chi Minh’s period of living and working in the United Kingdom was very important in the formation of his political ideology and had laid the foundation for the current flourishing strategic partnership between the two countries.

Visitors in front of the bronze statue of President Ho Chi Minh at the Newhaven Museum.

The diplomat hoped that in the future, Newhaven would continue to support the preservation of this site and launch new construction or renovation projects of works honoring President Ho Chi Minh on its soil, thus contributing to further promoting the relations between the two countries.

Present at the event, Newhaven Mayor Julie Carr hoped that after this special event, Newhaven will receive more Vietnamese visitors.

Previously, the Vietnamese Embassy in the United Kingdom and Vietnamese delegations visited and laid flowers at the President Ho Chi Minh Memorial at the West Quay of Newhaven Port.

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Beth Malcolm

Beth Malcolm is Scottish based Journalist at Heriot-Watt University studying French and British Sign Language. She is originally from the north west of England but is living in Edinburgh to complete her studies.