A POIGNANT service in Burnley to mark Holocaust Memorial Day remembered the millions of Jews and others who died at the hands of the Nazis.
Dozens of people braved the icy winds for the ceremony at the Peace Garden in Croft Street to remember the dead and keep the memory of the Holocaust alive.
Civic dignitaries including Burnley Mayor Coun. Charlie Bullas, MP Gordon Birtwistle, Burnley Council leader Julie Cooper and council chief executive Steve Rumbelow joined faith leaders and residents to mark the anniversary.
Canon Tom Bill, of St Peter’s Church, said it was important to remember the tragedy and to reaffirm the commitment to a fair and just society.
He added: “May the memory of all that people suffered in the last century and continue to suffer now, strengthen our efforts for peace.”
Readings were given by Fr Peter Hopkinson, of St Mary’s RC Church, Rabbi David Braunold, of the Blackpool United Hebrew Congregation and Afrasiab Anwar, of the Faith Centre.
Mr Mark Woodward, of Sabden, a fellow of the Imperial War Museum in Holocaust Education, read the prayers of dedication.
He said: “Soon there will be no first-hand witnesses or survivors left and that is why it is so important to remember the Holocaust so it stays in our collective memory forever.”
Cadets from the Air Training Corps also formed a guard of honour at the memorial as floral tributes were laid.
Fr Brian Keeley, of Christ the King RC Church, brought the service to a close with a final prayer.