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The horrors of the Holocaust were remembered during a special multi-faith service held in Lynn at the weekend.

Around 100 people attended the Holocaust Memorial Day commemoration at the town hall on Sunday, which was followed by a wreath laying ceremony in Tower Gardens.

A similar service was also held at the war memorial in Hunstanton.

A ceremony was held at the Town Hall in King's Lynn marking Holocaust Memorial Day.. (27665526)
A ceremony was held at the Town Hall in King's Lynn marking Holocaust Memorial Day.. (27665526)

The events held particular significance this year as it marks 75 years since the death camps where six million Jews and others died were liberated during the final months of the Second World War.

A spokesman for West Norfolk’s Jewish community said: “We were delighted so many people came to support Holocaust Memorial Day on the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau.

“It is imperative that we continue to remember the Holocaust and educate the future generations so it is never forgotten.”

The wreath was taken to the HMD tree inside Tower Gardens.. (27665521)
The wreath was taken to the HMD tree inside Tower Gardens.. (27665521)

The service was hosted by borough mayor Geoff Hipperson and included readings by West Norfolk Council deputy leader Elizabeth Nockolds, community engagement officer PC Lee Anderton and representatives of several faith groups.

Ahead of the service, Mr Hipperson said: “We owe it to the victims and the brave who fought against these terrible events to remember as accurately as we can.”

Pupils from the St Martha’s RC Primary School in Gaywood also sang at the service.

St Martha's School Choir performed during the ceremony.. (27665517)
St Martha's School Choir performed during the ceremony.. (27665517)
Paul Van der Hulks placed the lit candle next to the Holocaust Memorial Day tree.. (27665527)
Paul Van der Hulks placed the lit candle next to the Holocaust Memorial Day tree.. (27665527)
A ceremony was held at the Town Hall in King's Lynn marking Holocaust Memorial Day, led by Borough Mayor Geoff Hipperson.. (27665453)
A ceremony was held at the Town Hall in King's Lynn marking Holocaust Memorial Day, led by Borough Mayor Geoff Hipperson.. (27665453)
PC Lee Anderton read a poem written by Holocaust survivor Ellie Wiesel.. (27665459)
PC Lee Anderton read a poem written by Holocaust survivor Ellie Wiesel.. (27665459)


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