Chorley to mark Holocaust Memorial Day

People of different faiths and cultures in Chorley will take part in a special event in memory of all those who died in the Holocaust and acts of genocide.

A special day of events has been planned on Saturday, January 22, to mark Holocaust Memorial Day where local people can commemorate the victims of the Holocaust and to help build tolerance and understanding of different faiths and cultures across the borough.

The day will start with a ceremony at the Cenotaph in Astley Park at 10.50am, followed by tea and coffee for invited guests at the Town Hall.

Leader of the Council, Councillor Peter Goldsworthy, said: "It's important that we continue to remember and reflect upon the horrors of the Holocaust and all types of genocide across the world.

"As well as remembering those who have suffered, this event will bring together people of different faiths and cultures in Chorley to encourage even greater tolerance, respect and understanding."

January 27 is officially Holocaust Memorial Day; however, events are taking place across the country before and after that date.

The aim of the day is to commemorate everyone who suffered as a result of the Holocaust and Nazi persecution during World War II as well as encouraging people to think about more recent genocides across the world including events in Rwanda and Kosovo.

In Chorley a short parade with standards from the Royal British Legion will form at the gates of Astley Park and make its way to the Cenotaph.

The Catholic Dean of Chorley, Fr Dr Francis Marsden will lead the Service.

He will be accompanied by the Rev Martin Cox and the Rev Tim Wilby.

A two-minute silence at 11am will be followed by a sounding of The Last Post, prayers and wreath laying. A member of Lancashire Fire and Rescue will place a Candle of Peace on the Cenotaph, remembering the victims of the 9/11 and 7/7 atrocities.

Kinga Grzeczynska, Director of the Holocaust Memorial Service and Chair of the Polish Catholic Community in Chorley, said: "The ceremony in Chorley is very well supported and I would like to invite people of different faiths and cultures to join us in remembering the victims of the Holocaust and acts of genocide or victims of terrorism.

"It's important that we continue to remember and educate people so we do not see atrocities like this again."