Relief design competition of President Ho Chi Minh launched in UK
Vietnamese Ambassador Nguyen Van Thao and Professor Michael Davies at the event. (Photo: VNA)

Speaking at the launch, Professor Michael Davies, Vice Rector of the University of Sussex, highlighted the significance of the competition and added that it was an opportunity for students to learn about the life and career of President Ho Chi Minh, the founder of the modern Vietnam who worked on the ferry connecting the town of Newhaven in England, to France in the early years of the 20th century.

Mayor of Newhaven town Judith Ost said the event of Uncle Ho going to the town was known in only in 2012 and that this knowledge had contributed to enriching the modern history of the town.

In 2013, the government of the town placed a block of marble to mark President Ho Chi Minh and his relationship with Newhaven on the port of the commemorate his journey to the UK, to find a way to save the country.

Vietnamese Ambassador to the UK Nguyen Van Thao said that the competition was a significant initiative in honor of President Ho Chi Minh abroad, especially to the youth in the UK.

The Ambassador hoped the competition would contribute to deepening the friendship and cooperation between the two countries.

Many British students said that that was a fascinating competition and a great opportunity for students to design something that symbolized President Ho Chi Minh, which would establish a permanent presence in Newhaven.

The competition was sponsored by the Vietnam-UK Network, in collaboration with the Vietnamese Embassy in the UK. The result of the competition will be announced on May 24 th  on the occasion of the 125 th  birthday of President Ho Chi Minh.

The selected design will be sculpted on stone by artists in Nghe An province, the hometown of President Ho Chi Minh and be placed permanently in Newhaven port at the end of this year./.


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