Holocaust Memorial Day, this year titled ‘The Legacy of Hope,’ will be commemorated in Bolton on Sunday, January 24.
The Mayor of Bolton, Councillor Norman Critchley, will open the town’s annual Holocaust Memorial Ceremony, which this year marks the 65th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau extermination camp.
Taking place in the Festival Hall, at Bolton Town Hall, the ceremony will pay tribute to all communities affected by the Holocaust, with Reverend Phil Mason introducing readings from council leaders, representatives from Bolton’s faith groups, Essa Academy pupils, as well as Rabbi Reuven Silverman.
Children from the Gypsy, Roma and Travellers community in Bolton will light candles of hope, while violist Carl Austin will reflect on the poignant occasion by playing the instrument during the ceremony.
The event, organised by the Bolton Interfaith Council, in partnership with Bolton Council, will be held at 3pm.
The Mayor said, “This day is a very important one in the year’s calendar. I hope that Bolton residents will come together and take time to remember the suffering endured by the many victims of genocide, and support a future where individual differences are respected in an inclusive society.”