Burnley pays tribute to victims of Holocaust: PHOTO SLIDESHOW

TRIBUTES were paid to the tragic victims of the Holocaust at a poignant service in Burnley town centre.

Civic dignitaries, including the Mayor and Mayoress of Burnley, Coun. David Heginbotham and Mrs Joan Heginbotham, Burnley MP Gordon Birtwistle, Burnley Borough Council leader Coun. Charlie Briggs and chief executive Mr Steve Rumbelow, joined residents and faith leaders to mark the anniversary at the Peace Garden, in Croft Street.

Mark Woodward lays his wreath at the Holocaust Memorial Service. A290112/1f

Mark Woodward lays his wreath at the Holocaust Memorial Service. A290112/1f

The service was jointly led by Canon Tom Bill, the Rev. Keith Henshall, Rabbi Braunold and Shahida Iqbal, from the Building Bridges Project, who shared the readings.

Mr Mark Woodward, of Sabden, a fellow of the Imperial War Museum in Holocaust education, read the prayers of dedication before floral tributes were laid.

Cadets from the Air Training Corps also formed a guard of honour.

Coun. Heginbotham said: “The Holocaust is something we should always remember. Genocide seems to be common place in the world at the moment. The world has a lot to learn.”