Ceremony marking Holocaust Memorial Day to be held in Lowestoft

A ceremony was held at Lowestoft Train Station to commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day in 2016. Cllr B

A ceremony was held at Lowestoft Train Station to commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day in 2016. Cllr Bruce Provan, Ray Wang and Cllr Stephen Ardley - Credit: Archant

A wreath-laying ceremony to commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day will be held in Lowestoft next week.

Residents are invited to attend the ceremony at Lowestoft railway station next Friday, January 27, which is being held in memory of those killed in the Holocaust and subsequent genocides.

The Mayor of Lowestoft, Nick Webb, chairman of Waveney District Council, Mark Bee, will lay a wreath at the station along with members of Waveney Youth Council, who will also lay a wreath on behalf of local young people.

This will then be followed by a moment of reflection led by Capt. Paul McDonaugh.

Mr Webb said: 'Holocaust Memorial Day provides us with an opportunity to remember the millions of people who died during the Holocaust and in genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur.

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'It also gives us the chance to learn from the past and educate our young people about the importance of tackling discrimination, racism and hatred to secure a safer future.'

Wreaths are laid at the station each year in recognition of the arrival of a 'kindertransport' train in December 1938, which carried more than 200 Jewish children who had been evacuated from Nazi Europe. The children were billeted at a number of places including Pontins in Pakefield and St Felix School in Southwold.

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The wreath-laying ceremony commences at 10.30am next Friday and is open to all.

? For more information about Holocaust Memorial Day, visit www.hmd.org.uk or follow the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust on Twitter @hmd_UK using #HMD2017.

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