West Norfolk is to mark Holocaust Memorial Day with a multi-faith civic service at the King’s Lynn Town Hall.

Members of the Jewish community will be joined by representatives of a number of faiths and community organisations for the event, to begin at noon on Sunday, January 22.

The service has been held in Lynn each year since the first national event in 2001 and everyone is welcome to attend the service.

Holocaust Memorial Day is held on January 27 to mark of the liberation of the Auschwitz Birkenau concentration camp on that day in 1945.

This year’s theme is How Can Life Go On? and asks people to consider survivors and what happens after genocide.

Readings will be given by members of the Jewish, Muslim and Christian communities, plus the Soroptimists and KLARS (King’s Lynn Area Resettlement Support).

There will also be music by pupils from St Martha’s Primary School in Gaywood.

West Norfolk Mayor David Whitby and council leader Brian Long will also take part in the service, to be led by Canon Christopher Ivory of Lynn Minster.

Mr Whitby said: “Holocaust Memorial Day is not only about commemorating past genocides and honouring those who died, but about standing with those who survive.

“Each of us has a responsibility to consider what we can do to help those who have survived genocide, as well as all those from persecuted groups, ensure that life goes on.

“I am privileged to be laying a wreath at our Holocaust Memorial Day service and would urge people from all faiths to join in marking this day together”.

After the service, the mayor will present a wreath to be laid at the memorial tree planted in Tower Gardens.

Refreshments will be available afterwards at the Minster and everyone is welcome to attend.

To find out more about Holocaust Memorial Day and this year’s theme visit www.hmd.org.uk/

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