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Wigan And Leigh Remember Holocaust Victims
Friday 29th January, 2010

Wigan And Leigh Remember Holocaust Victims
Wigan Pier Theatre Company and their play to commemorate the victims of the holocaust.

Wigan and Leigh united on Wednesday (January 27) to remember those killed in the Holocaust and other genocides.

In a packed atrium at Wigan town hall, Rector of Wigan, Rev Ray Hutchinson spoke of the “common humanity” we all share that goes “beyond race and nation” as the borough’s tenth Holocaust Memorial Day was held.

At Leigh’s Turnpike Centre, Bill Hampson, director of the Epiphany Trust and Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust Board Trustee, spoke passionately about the continued suffering of the Burmese people at the hands of the military junta.

In Wigan children from the Deanery, Shevington and St Peter’s High Schools read poems and literature about the holocaust.

Wigan Pier Youth Theatre produced a powerful performance about the concentration camps.

In Leigh Father Kevin Crinks spoke about his visits to the concentration camps. Hesketh Fletcher and Lowton High both performed drama productions about the holocaust while Westleigh and St Mary’s students read out poems and reflections on the holocaust.

The borough’s reader-in-residence, Stephen Lythgoe, read out the list of those being remembered which included 6 million Jews, 25 million Russians and 1.7 million Cambodians.

Rodney Hill, chief executive of Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust, said: “The figures are absolutely appalling and staggering.
“By recognising these atrocities and recogniing how they happened we are better prepared to deal with them in future and take action as early as possible.”

Nationally, Holocaust Memorial Day is commemorated every January and marks the anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz-Birkenau in 1945.

This year’s theme centered on creating a “Legacy of Hope”.

Wigan’s Mayor Cllr Mark Aldred re-confirmed Wigan’s statement of commitment which pledges to continue holding memorial days to “condemn the evils of prejudice, discrimination and racism” and “promote education and research about the Holocaust so that lessons can be fully learnt”.

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