Donna Semmens lays a wreath in Lynn’s Tower Gardens. Pictures: Ian Burt

An online service has been held for Holocaust Memorial Day after organisers were determined the event would go ahead, despite lockdown.

West Norfolk usually marks the day, held every January 27, with a multi-faith civic service at King’s Lynn Town Hall.

The service has been held in Lynn each year since the first national event in 2001 and more than 150 people, including local school children, attend.

This year, due to the current lockdown, the service was posted online for people to watch at home on Wednesday – the 76th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp.

Donna Semmens records a reading for Wednesday’s online service. Pictures: Ian Burt

The theme was Be a Light in the Darkness and the service was led by Father Adrian Ling, with readings by West Norfolk Mayor Geoff Hipperson, borough council leader Brian Long and representatives from different faiths.

There was also a reading from PC Lee Anderton, the Norfolk force’s western district engagement officer, and pupils from St Martha’s Primary School in Gaywood.

A spokesman for the West Norfolk Jewish community said: “Despite the difficulty that came with the pandemic, we were determined that the service would go ahead.

Donna Semmens laid a wreath at the Holocaust Memorial Day tree inside Tower Gardens in King’s Lynn. Picture: Ian Burt

“On behalf of the Jewish community, I would like to thank West Norfolk Council for its continued to support and the extra help with this year’s event.”

A wreath was also laid at the memorial tree in Lynn’s Tower Gardens last week.

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