Boris Johnson: Chanucah lights 'a beacon of hope'

Boris Johnson at a Chanucah ceremony in 2008

Boris Johnson at a Chanucah ceremony in 2008

The mayor of London has recalled the valour of the Maccabees in a seasonal message to the Jewish community.

Boris Johnson wished British Jews a "happy Chanucah" on the eve of "one of the most momentous years in our city's history".

He added: "2,000 years after the Maccabees secured the freedom of the Jewish people and the re-dedication of the Temple, the lights of the Menorah are a beacon of hope and freedom.

"[This] is an important message for all communities in London."

Mr Johnson will be in Trafalgar Square on the first night of Chanucah for the candlelighting ceremony.

Last updated: 1:13pm, December 13 2011