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Building Bridges for Holocaust Memorial Day
Thursday 17th January, 2013

REMEMBERING those who suffered and recognising those who stood up, spoke out and took action is at the centre of this year's Holocaust Memorial Day commemorations in Wigan Borough.

On Friday January 25, people in Wigan and Leigh will come together to remember and reflect upon the atrocities of the Nazi Concentration Camps during World War 2.

The day also remembers all those who have suffered in subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Bosnia, Rwanda, Darfur and Armenia.

The theme of this year's Holocaust Memorial Day is Communities Together: Build a Bridge. Communities are encouraged to celebrate difference, promote respect for all, and take inspiration from the strength of those who have stood up to persecution in the past.

Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust (WLCT), on behalf of Wigan Council, has organised two special commemoration events which will take place at Wigan Town Hall and the Derby Rooms at Leigh's Turnpike Gallery.

The ceremonies will include readings and songs from pupils from Sacred Heart and Standish Lower Ground St Anne's Primary Schools Wigan, students from Wigan and Leigh College and members of the Community.

Mayor of Wigan, Cllr Myra Whiteside, will attend both events and will read out Wigan Council's Statement of Commitment in honour and recognition of the victims of all atrocities.
The Wigan event will take place at Wigan Town Hall (enter via Hewlett Street) on Friday January 25 from 10.30am and the Leigh event takes place at The Derby Rooms, at the Turnpike Centre, Civic Square, from 1.30pm onwards. Everyone is invited to attend.

Linda Marsh from WLCT said: "We would urge everyone to come along to either of these events and take just an hour to reflect on the horrors of past and how we can learn from them to help create a safer, better future within our own communities."

Holocaust Memorial Day is co-ordinated nationally by the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust. For more information, visit the website - www.hmd.org
For more information on Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust events visit - www.wlct.org

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