Holocaust Memorial Day will be marked in King’s Lynn with open-air service

West Norfolk mayor will join Muslim, Christian and Jewish representatives at service

Communities in West Norfolk will gather to mark Holocaust Memorial Day later this month.

Representatives from the Muslim, Christian and Jewish faiths will all take part in a service on Sunday, January 29, at noon in the Tower Gardens, King's Lynn.

West Norfolk Council leader Nick Daubney and borough mayor Colin Sampson will also be among those taking part.

'I visited Belsen twice in the late 1970s, when my TA unit was on exercise in Germany, and was deeply moved by the atmosphere of the memorial. There really was no birdsong, or even birds, within the site.

'Unfortunately, dreadful events, similar to what we know as the Holocaust, are happening all over the world even now. Many of them barely make the headlines any more. However, that only makes our Holocaust Memorial Day all the more important, especially with this year's theme of Speak Out, Speak Up,' said Mr Sampson.

Representatives from KLARS (King's Lynn Area Settlement Support), the Soroptomists and pupils from St Martha's Roman Catholic School will also be involved in the service.

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Janie Codona, whose work to promote understanding and raise awareness of issues affecting the travelling community earned her an MBE this year, will also give a reading.

St Martha's choir will perform during the ceremony and the service will end with a blessing in English and Hebrew. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Holocaust Memorial Day is marked on January 27 - the anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp in 1945.

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