Poignant Burnley service marks Holocaust Memorial Day

Dozens of people braved driving rain and icy winds to pay their respects at a poignant service for Holocaust Memorial Day.

“Never forget” was the message from the moving multi-faith ceremony held in Burnley’s Peace Garden yesterday, which remembered those who died at the hands of Nazis during the Second World War.

Wreaths on the Holocaust memorial service.

Wreaths on the Holocaust memorial service.

Burnley Air Cadets lined the path to the war memorial as civic dignitaries including Burnley Mayor Coun. Frank Cant, MP Gordon Birtwistle, Burnley Council leader Julie Cooper and council chief executive Steve Rumbelow joined together with faith leaders and members of the public.

The service was led by Fr Brian Kealey, of Christ the King Church, and readings were delivered by Mrs Ellen Daley, a parishioner at St Mary’s RC Church and the Rev. Modi Spitzer, Cantor of the Bury Hebrew Congregation.

Fr Kealey told the crowd: “We gather here to remember tragedy and to re-affirm our commitment to a fair and just society.

“On this Holocaust Day we express our horror and revulsion at acts of violence committed against God’s ancient people, especially in the middle of the last century.”

The ceremony finished with wreathes being laid in front of the memorial.