Events to mark Holocaust Memorial Day in Wellingborough

Events are taking place in Wellingborough to mark Holocaust Memorial Day

Events are taking place in Wellingborough to mark Holocaust Memorial Day

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This year’s Holocaust Memorial Day will be marked with a number of events in Wellingborough.

The events have been organised in partnership with Wellingborough Council, Wellingborough Museum and a committee of volunteers.

They will coincide with events around the world marking Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD), which is held every year on January 27.

It has been held in the UK since 2001 and the United Nations declared it an international event in 2005.

The date was chosen because it was on that date that Auschwitz-Birkenau was liberated in 1945.

An exhibition will take place in the Swansgate Centre from Wednesday, January 27.

The commemorative display is based around the theme of ‘Don’t Stand By’ and how lessons from the past can create a better and safer future.

On Sunday, January 31, Wellingborough mayor Barry Graves will attend a special commemorative service organised by the council.

It will take place at 2pm by the Anne Frank tree in Swanspool Gardens and will be followed by prayers and quiet time for personal reflection.

Cllr Graves said: “Holocaust Memorial Day is a chance to remember those who were persecuted and perished at the hands of the Nazis, as well as more recent genocides.

“I have visited the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp myself and we must never forget what has taken place there.

“The trip was definitely a life-changing experience.

“We welcome and invite people from all of Wellingborough’s diverse communities to help us mark the occasion.”

Anyone wishing to attend the Wellingborough Holocaust Memorial Day service should assemble by the Anne Frank tree in Swanspool Gardens by 2pm on Sunday, January 31.