Pupils play part in ceremony 

17/01/11

Bolton’s young people have created a display of art and poetry as part of an event to commemorate the Holocaust.

The memorial ceremony will take place at the Albert Halls, Bolton, on Thursday, January 27, and will feature work from: Ladybridge Secondary School; St Mary’s Deane Primary School; Rumworth Special School and Sharples Secondary School.

Bolton Council has joined forces with the Holocaust Educational Trust, a national organisation, to educate pupils from the four schools about the Holocaust.

As a result, the young people, whose ages range from 10 to 15 years old, have created a display of art and poetry to explore all the different groups that were affected by the Holocaust, such as Jewish people, the Roma, people with disabilities and homosexuals.

More than 100 pupils took part and it is expected that next year’s memorial will include more schools. Pupils from the three secondary schools will be taking part in the memorial service organised by the Interfaith Council, while St Mary’s Deane will have a service in the school.

The pupils will read poetry and light candles as part of the service. The display of art will be at the service and then in the Market Place shopping centre for a week after the ceremony, before moving into the Castle Hill Centre. From February 14, the art will be on display at the University of Bolton.

Bolton Council’s Executive Member for Children’s Services, Councillor Ebrahim Adia, said: “It is good to see so many young people take part in the memorial ceremony and putting their artistic and poetic talents to such good use.

“Acts of genocide that are recognized at the memorial ceremony, including the Holocaust, are tragic events from our history, and it is vital that young people are aware of what happened and learn the lessons of the past in terms of the importance of respecting other cultures and beliefs.”

The ceremony, which begins at 2pm, will be attended by Councillor John Byrne, Mayor of Bolton, and will include prayers, readings and an introduction from Tony McNeile of the Bolton Interfaith Council.

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