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Borough Unites To Mark Holocaust Memorial Day
Friday 16th January, 2009

WIGAN and Leigh will unite in remembering the victims of the Holocaust and other genocides on Thursday 29th January.

Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust, in partnership with Wigan Council, has organised two Holocaust Memorial ceremonies of commemoration at The Atrium, Wigan Town Hall 10.15am and at the Derby Room, Leigh Library at 1.30pm.

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 the theme challenges people to “Stand Up To Hatred”. It urges all of us to look at our behaviour towards others; to understand how hate is directed against different minorities in Britain today and to explore how each of us can make our communities stronger and safer.

The Wigan service will include readings from schools including Hawkley Hall, Hindley, St Peters and the Deanery. Pupils from Hesketh Fletcher High will be performing a drama production. While in Leigh, Lowton, Bedford and Westleigh High school pupils will take part in special readings and there will be drama from Hesketh Fletcher and Lowton High pupils.

At both ceremonies personal testimonies from those affected by the Holocaust and genocide will be read out.

This year the ceremony will also feature the lighting of candles as we remember the victims of the Nazi Holocaust and other genocides.

Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust’s Heritage Services Manager Carole Tyldesley said: “It’s extremely important that the borough pays its respects to all those who have lost their lives or suffered as a result of the Holocaust or more recently acts of genocide such as Darfur, Rwanda and Bosnia.”

Everyone is welcome to attend the ceremonies.

For more information call Stephen Lythgoe on 01942 404 566.

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