Virtual Holocaust Memorial Day

Published: Wednesday, 20 January 2021

Northampton Borough Council will host a virtual programme of activities marking the Holocaust Memorial Day on Wednesday, 27 January.

To mark the day community groups and dignitaries will deliver a series of readings and performances inspired by this year’s Memorial Day theme: ‘Be the light in the darkness’ via Northampton Borough Council's Facebook and  YouTube channel from 10:30am .

The event will begin with an introduction from the Leader of Council, Councillor Jonathan Nunn followed by speeches from the Mayor Cllr Brian W Sargeant and Mayoress Ray Kelly-Sargeant, Councillor Anna King, Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner for Northamptonshire, Chief Constable of Northamptonshire Police,  Chief Fire Officer community and youth forum member performances, concluding with a candle lighting ceremony.

Residents are invited to commemorate the day through a minute of silence at 11am.

Councillor Anna King, Cabinet member for community engagement and safety, said: “Holocaust Memorial Day offers us a chance not just to remember those who have died in past genocides, but to recognise that the lives of very many people today are still overshadowed by the impact of more recent atrocities across the world.

 “The message of ‘Be the light in the darkness’ resonates even louder as we continue to live through the current pandemic and chimes closely with our ongoing collaboration with partners as we jointly work to create ‘a safer, better future’ for generations to come.

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

Contributions would be welcomed both before and on the day from individuals and groups – these could be a  poem, a song, artwork, photography or just lighting a candle - however, you can show that you can be the light in the darkness, we would like to hear from you.

Additionally, art and faith groups, charities and schools, groups of all kinds children and parents are invited to come together to make their own Memorial Flames. Contributions can be shared on social media using #VirtualHolocaustMemorialDay #HolocaustMemorialDay2021

Facebook users can also help spread awareness about the Holocaust Memorial Day by updating their profile with an Northampton HMD 2021 frame available on profile frame gallery.

In the evening residents are invited to join the national Holocaust Memorial Day 2021 ceremony streamed online at 7pm, to register go to www.hmd.org.uk/uk-holocaust-memorial-day-2021-ceremony/