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Wellingborough hosts special ceremony for Holocaust Memorial Day

Published Tuesday, 13 January 2015

Wellingborough has been chosen to light one of 70 candles to mark this year’s Holocaust Memorial Day.

The candle will be lit during a special service at 2pm on Sunday 25 January in the town’s Swanspool Gardens. Candles will be lit at similar events across the UK to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz-Birkenau.

Wellingborough was chosen from hundreds of applications to light one of the candles, which have been created by internationally renowned sculptor Sir Anish Kapoor.

Wellingborough mayor Cllr Jim Bass, who will be attending the service, said: “It is an honour to have been selected to be part of this nationwide commemoration. Holocaust Memorial Day is a chance to remember those who were persecuted and perished at the hands of the Nazis, as well as in more recent genocides. It is vital that we remember and reflect upon the horrors of the past, and be reminded where hatred, racism and victimisation can ultimately lead.”

Olivia Marks-Woldman, Chief Executive of the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust, said: “Sir Anish has created a beautiful candle to mark Holocaust Memorial Day on the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. When all 70 candles are lit throughout the country it will be a poignant moment of remembrance and a time for us all to ensure we keep the memory alive.”

An exhibition by Wellingborough Museum will also take place in the Swansgate Centre from Saturday 24 January until Holocaust Memorial Day itself on 27 January. The commemorative display is based around the theme of ‘keeping the memory alive’ and how learning lessons from the past creates a better and safer future.

Every year on 27 January the world marks Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD). It has been held in the UK since 2001 and the United Nations declared it an international event in 2005. The date 27 January was chosen because it was on that date Auschwitz was liberated in 1945.

Anyone wishing to attend the Wellingborough Holocaust Memorial Day service should assemble by the Anne Frank tree in Swanspool Gardens by 2pm on Sunday 25 January.