ROSE bushes all the way from Japan were planted in a Burnley park to pay tribute to the victims of the Holocaust.
The Mayor of Burnley, Coun. David Heginbotham, was joined by schoolchildren for the ceremony in Queen’s Park on Holocaust Memorial Day.
Pupils from Blessed Trinity RC College and Sir John Thursby Community College staged a dramatic performance around the theme “Speak Up, Speak Out” while children from Heasandford and St Peter’s Primary Schools sang a song which they created themselves.
The Souvenir d’Anne Frank rose was planted in parks throughout the UK ahead of a touring theatre production of the same name which tells the story of the rose, and of Anne Frank’s days in hiding before her capture.
Dedicated to Anne’s memory, the rose was sent to Japan by Anne’s father Otto Frank as a gift to a young Japanese girl, who read his daughter’s diary.
The rose was then planted in towns and cities across Japan as a symbol of peace and reconciliation.
Souvenir d’Anne Frank will be appearing at Burnley Youth Theatre on Friday, March 9th at 1 p.m. and 7-30 p.m.