COUNCIL bosses have been showing their solidarity with Ukraine after bathing their town hall in the colours of the country.

Braintree Town Hall has been lit up yellow and blue in support of Ukraine.

Braintree Counciol say this is just one way the community and council are showing their support to thise fleeing the conflict as well as Ukrainian nationals living in the district.

The lights were donated by KI Sound and Light, based in Braintree, and will be switched on each night this week.

Edd Caton, owner of KI Sound and Light, said: “We have worked with the council before on projects like this and we reached out because we wanted to do something to help.

“We wanted to raise awareness of what is happening in Ukraine, and support the community.”

An appeal for donations made by the Minidelikatesy Kubus shop in Market Street, Braintree started at the weekend.

It was a big success, but organisers have now closed their collection point, as the empty unit they were using in Market Street was too small.

Other collection points have been set up across the district.

Donations are still being accepted at Stisted Village Hall until 9pm on Saturday.

The Big Bear Cider Company will also be driving out to Poland in coming days with a lorry loaded with donations.

The Stisted company have an Amazon wishlist for anyone who would like to contribute.

Chairman of the Council, Sue Wilson, and Leader of the Council, Graham Butland, showed their support for Ukraine as the Town Hall was lit up.

In a joint statement they said: “It is a privilege and honour to be able to do this on behalf of Braintree District Council, and our residents.

“We would like to thank the people of the district for the support they have shown, and continue to show, by making donations and helping in so many ways.

“We are shocked and saddened by what is happening in Ukraine and we support everyone affected. Already we have seen too many innocent victims injured and killed in this conflict.”