Holocaust memorial day in Chorley

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Dignitaries, war veterans and school children were among those who marked Holocaust Memorial Day in Chorley.

Up to 100 people attended a service at the war memorial at Astley Park on Saturday.

Chorley Holocaust Memorial Service

Chorley Holocaust Memorial Service

Wreaths were laid by the Mayor of Chorley, Coun Roy Lees, Chorley MP, Lindsay Hoyle, Ch Insp Geoff Hurst, from Lancashire Constabulary, the Mayor of South Ribble, Coun Graham Walton, and others.

A candle of peace was put down by a representative from Lancashire Fire And Rescue Service, while Coun Ralph Snape laid a stone from Auschwitz.

To mark the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, 70 candles were lit.

Chorley was one of 70 venues in the country to host a special candle designed by leading sculptor Sir Anish Kapoor. It was lit at a gathering in The Lancastrian Suite, at Chorley Town Hall, after the service.

There were also speeches and poetry read by pupils from Holy Cross and Southlands high schools.