A moving Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD)service was held in King’s Lynn on Sunday.

Around 100 people attended the annual multi-faith civic service of remembrance at the town hall.

Members of the Jewish community were joined by representatives of  a number of faiths and community groups including The Soroptomists and KLARS for the service, held in the town since 2001.

The choir from St Martha’s Primary School in Gaywood performed The Voice.

There were readings by  West Norfolk Mayor David Whitby and borough council leader Brian Long, along with members of the Jewish, Muslim and Christian communities.

The service was led by Canon Christopher Ivory, of Lynn Minster.

After the service, a Jewish memorial candle was lit at the HMD tree in the Tower Gardens and the traditional mourners’ prayer, Kaddish, was recited.

The service was held ahead of Holocaust Memorial Day today,  the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz concentration camp.

A memorial wreath is to be laid in Tower Gardens by Mr Whitby this morning.

“We were delighted that so many people of all faiths, and none, came to share with us this special day.

“HMD is a very important date in our calendar and we hope numbers will increase as more people want to mark the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz” said a spokesman for the Jewish community in West Norfolk.

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