Sefton will remember victims of the Holocaust during a special memorial ceremony open to everyone.
This years’ service will be attended by the Mayor of Sefton, Cllr Dave Robinson and takes place on Sunday, January 28, at Christ Church, Lord Street, Southport at 1.30pm.
Partners including Sefton Council, the Association of Jewish Ex Service Men & Women, Sefton Equalities Partnership, Sefton Unison, students from local schools and colleges and Christ Church all help organise the annual service.
It will be the 18th tribute paid in Sefton as the ceremony is held on the nearest Sunday to Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD). Each year, Holocaust Memorial Day falls on January 27 – the anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp in Poland.
Councillors and council officers will attend the memorial ceremony in Southport as well as members of the public. All will take part in a minute’s silence.
Mayor of Sefton, Cllr Dave Robinson, said:
“Each year on January 27, the world reflects on Holocaust Memorial Day.
“It’s a time for us all to pause to remember the millions of people who have been murdered or whose lives have been changed beyond recognition during the Holocaust, Nazi persecution and in subsequent genocides.
“At the annual service in Southport, we unite the many diverse strands of our communities and demonstrate how the lessons of the past can inform our lives today for a safer, better future.
“The service is an important event in our calendar and if you have the time, please join us to mark this day.”
The service in Southport is open to everyone, with refreshments served at the end.
For more information visit www.hmd.org.uk