Holocaust Memorial Day Service

News release PR 2147


Issued 14 January 2013


Please note that the venue for this event has been changed due to the weather. The Holocaust Memorial Day service will now be held at King's Lynn Town Hall (not Tower Gardens as previously advised) at noon on 27 January.

The atrocities of the Holocaust and the courage of those who have spoken out against persecution will be remembered at a multi-faith service at King's Lynn Town Hall at noon on Sunday 27 January.

Each year the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust encourages people to reflect upon the terrible consequences of the persecution that led to the Holocaust, remember the victims of this atrocity and more recent genocides and to learn the lessons that these tragedies have to teach us about the impact of intolerance and discrimination of any form.


The theme of this year’s Holocaust Memorial Day is Communities Together: Build a Bridge. Communities are encouraged to celebrate difference, promote respect for all, and take inspiration from the strength of those who have stood up to persecution in the past, in doing so it is hoped that together we can create a safer, better future.

In King’s Lynn, the mayor, Cllr Geoffrey Wareham and Council Leader, Cllr Nick Daubney, will be joined by the Bishop of Lynn, the Rt Reverend Jonathan Meyrick to mark the day at a ceremony at King's Lynn Town Hall on Sunday 27 January. Representatives of a number of groups and organisations, including the Jewish and Muslim communities, KLARS, Soroptomists and Borough Council of King's Lynn & West Norfolk will give readings and lay wreaths. Pupils from St Martha’s Roman Catholic school will sing during the service.

Across the country people will be encouraged to light candles as a symbol of their support for the Holocaust Memorial Trust and its aims. Lighting a candle is a particularly poignant way to commemorate this day, as it is a Jewish custom to light a candle to remember people who have passed away. The ceremony will begin at 12 noon and everyone is welcome to attend and join in by lighting a candle.

Borough Mayor, Cllr Geoffrey Wareham, said, “ We have the opportunity to stand together and show the world that we will not tolerate these atrocities. I would encourage local people from all faiths to come together and build on what we have learnt from the past for future generations." 


Further information about the National Holocaust Memorial Day is available at: www.hmd.org.uk


Last updated: 21 January 2013
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