Lowestoft marks Holocaust Memorial Day on 70th anniversary of Auschwitz liberation

Holocaust memorial service at Lowestoft Train Station. Merynn Levett (chair of Youth council) with P

Holocaust memorial service at Lowestoft Train Station. Merynn Levett (chair of Youth council) with Peter Collecott and Steven Ardley. - Credit: Nick Butcher

At the spot where hundreds of Jewish refugees arrived in 1938, the people of Lowestoft gathered to remember those who did not escape the Holocaust.

Holocaust memorial service at Lowestoft Train Station.

Holocaust memorial service at Lowestoft Train Station. - Credit: Nick Butcher

In a ceremony this morning, Waveney District Council chair Councillor Peter Collecott and Mayor Steven Ardley hung a wreath under the plaque commemorating Lowestoft's role in the Kindertransport program which brought Jewish children to the town to escape persecution in Europe.

Then on behalf of all the young people in the town, Chair of Waveney Youth Council and Benjamin Britten High School pupil Merynn Levett also placed a wreath.

This was followed by a service of commemoration at Ormiston Denes Academy which included pupils from Sir John Leman, Benjamin Britten, St Mary Roman Catholic and Ashley Academy schools.

The culmination of the event was a specially-designed memorial candle, which was lit by 93-year-old Lilian Tilbrook and 10-year-old Vialli McComb, followed by a minute of silent reflection.


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Vialli, who goes to St Mary's Roman Catholic School, said: 'I felt honoured to light the candle, my teacher chose me to do it but I didn't realise it would be this big a thing. I thought it was a brilliant event and I've learnt a lot by being here today.'

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