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Northampton to commemorate 2020 Holocaust Memorial Day

Published: Tuesday, 14 January 2020

Holocaust Memorial Day will be marked by Northampton Borough Council on Monday 27 January, with two public events at the Guildhall.

A short ceremony will take place at noon in the Guildhall courtyard, followed by a larger community event in the Great Hall in the evening, at which community groups and dignitaries will deliver a series of readings and performances inspired by this year’s Memorial Day theme: “Stand together”. 

The evening will begin at 6.30pm, with an introduction from the Leader of Council, Councillor Jonathan Nunn followed by a reading from Councillor Anna King and a programme of music from Northampton Male Voice Choir and local schools, film, poetry and dance, concluding with the blowing of the Shofar and memorial prayers, led by the Northampton Hebrew Congregation.

Other speakers will include Northamptonshire Police Chief Inspector Dave Lawson and Ken Howlett from the Northampton Inter Faith Forum.

Councillor Anna King, Cabinet member for community engagement and safety, said: “These events give us the opportunity to come together to honour the survivors of these regimes of hatred and challenge ourselves to use the lessons of their experience to inform our lives today, to create ‘a safer, better future’.

“This year’s Memorial Day also marks 75 years since the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau and gives us a chance to remember victims of later genocides, including those in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur and reinforce the message that antisemitism and hate crime will not be tolerated.

“People of all ages and backgrounds are welcome to join us at both events to commemorate the day.”

For more information about these events please email [email protected]