Northampton 2017 to commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day

Published: Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Holocaust Memorial Day will be marked nationally on Friday 27 January and Northampton will be recognising the awareness campaign with two public events hosted by Northampton Borough Council.

A short ceremony will take place at midday on Friday 27 in the Guildhall Courtyard, while a larger community event will be held on the evening of Thursday 26 January. Local schools and community groups will deliver a series of readings and performances inspired by this year’s theme “how can life go on?”. The event, which will take place in the Great Hall of the Guildhall, is open for everyone to attend.  


The evening will begin at 6.30pm with a welcome from the Mayor of Northampton, Cllr Christopher Malpas, followed by an introduction from Councillor Jonathan Nunn, Leader of Northampton Borough Council. The programme will include music and poetry readings as well as memorial prayers, a two minute silence, and the blowing of the Shofar led by the Northampton Hebrew Association.


Councillor Jonathan Nunn said: "Holocaust Memorial Day requires us to reflect on some incredibly hard questions about prejudice, persecution and suffering. It’s a gruelling subject but an important one that we should not shy away from discussing.

“In Northampton, we come together to honour the survivors, remember the dead, and ensure that fewer people have to endure such atrocities in the future. I hope that people of all ages and backgrounds will join us at both events to commemorate the day.”

For more information about the events at the Guildhall call Northampton Borough Council’s Communities and Partnerships team on (01604) 837795.