Holocaust memorial to be marked with events

Kettering,   Wicksteed Park,  commemorative plaque being unveiled to mark Holocaust Memorial Day, Pupils and staff from Latimer Arts College with members of Unite and NREC Northamptonshire  Rights and Equality Council and from St Mary's Primary School l-r Jessie Unsing, 9, Ahmed Zayyan, 9, Daniel Waterfield, 10. 'Thursday 19th January, 2012
Kettering, Wicksteed Park, commemorative plaque being unveiled to mark Holocaust Memorial Day, Pupils and staff from Latimer Arts College with members of Unite and NREC Northamptonshire Rights and Equality Council and from St Mary's Primary School l-r Jessie Unsing, 9, Ahmed Zayyan, 9, Daniel Waterfield, 10. 'Thursday 19th January, 2012

Holocaust Memorial Day will be marked with a series of events across the north of the county.

Events will take place throughout next weekend to mark the anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz concentration camp on January 27.

A flag raising ceremony will be held in front of the Kettering Council offices in Bowling Green Road on Sunday, January 29, at 2.30pm.

This will be followed by a ceremony inside the council offices, with readings and prayers. The event will be attended by town dignitaries, and by Corby mayor Cllr Gail McDade.

A Legacy of Hope day is being arranged by the Kettering Federation of School Councils – K-Fed – to take place at Wicksteed Park on January 27.

The federation also unveiled a commemorative plaque yesterday at Wicksteed Park to mark Holocaust Memorial Day.

In Wellingborough the day will be marked with a series of events, including a survivor’s account of his time at Bergen-Belsen concentration camp.

Professor Ladislaus Löb, who was sent to the camp following the German army’s occupation of Hungary in 1944, will be at Wellingborough Museum at 10am on Saturday, January 28, to tell his story.

Following Professor Löb’s talk, The Castle Youth Theatre will take to the stage at 1.30pm to perform a play inspired by the courage of Anne Frank.

On Sunday, January 29, Wellingborough mayor Cllr Bob Patel will attend a remembrance event organised by the council at 2pm by the Anne Frank tree in Swanspool Gardens. The event will be followed by prayers in the council chamber.

Chairman of Wellingborough Council’s community committee, Cllr Peter Morrall said: “It is a privilege for us to welcome Professor Löb to Wellingborough. His story will be a very powerful reminder of the horrors so many people experienced. Holocaust Memorial Day is a chance to remember those who were persecuted and perished at the hands of the Nazis as well as in more recent genocides. By taking part in these events, our communities will be reminded where hatred, racism and victimisation can ultimately lead.”

Tickets for Professor Löb’s talk are free but limited. To book call the museum on 01933 276838.