Borough Council of Wellingborough

Wellingborough marks Holocaust Memorial Day

Published Monday, 11 January 2016

This year’s Holocaust Memorial Day will be marked with a series of events in Wellingborough, organised in partnership with Wellingborough Council, Wellingborough Museum and a committee of volunteers.

An exhibition will take place in the Swansgate Centre from Wednesday 27 January. The commemorative display is based around the theme of ‘Don’t Stand By’ and how lessons from the past can create 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 that Auschwitz-Birkenau was liberated in 1945.

On Sunday 31 January, Mayor of Wellingborough, Cllr Barry Graves, will attend a special commemorative service organised by the council. It will take place at 2pm by the Anne Frank tree in Swanspool Gardens and will be followed by prayers and quiet time for personal reflection.

Wellingborough Mayor, Cllr Barry Graves said: "Holocaust Memorial Day is a chance to remember those who were persecuted and perished at the hands of the Nazis, as well as more recent genocides.

"We welcome and invite people from all of Wellingborough’s diverse communities to help us mark the occasion."

Anyone wishing to attend the Wellingborough Holocaust Memorial Day service should assemble by the Anne Frank tree in Swanspool Gardens by 2pm on Sunday 31 January.