In solemn remembrance, homage was paid to victims of the Holocaust at the annual memorial service held at the Angel Suite in Brigg.
The theme for Holocaust Remembrance 2014 is ‘Journeys’ and a candle was lit by the Town Mayor’s Chaplain, the Rev Alec Depledge, in memory of people the world over who have perished as a result of human action.
The Rev Depledge was joined by the town’s MP Andrew Percy and Mayor John Kitwood to lead the commemorations.
Mr Percy gave a personal reflection on his visit to the concentration camp of Auschwitz last year, when he accompanied a party of local students, including some from Brigg, and other MPs from this region
The visit was organised by the Holocaust Educational Trust as part of their Lessons from Auschwitz Project.
“It is a truly awful and hopeless place,” said Mr Percy.
“Standing there it was almost incomprehensible to think on what had happened.
“There was a very moving sunset ceremony at the end of our visit.”
As part of the Brigg Memorial Service, Barnetby resident Tony Sevilla-Harland, representing the Jewish community, laid stones at the Holocaust Memorial in the Angel Courtyard, together with the MP and the Town Mayor, as well as members of the local community who attended the ceremony
He then read The Kaddish, an old Jewish hymn of praise to God.
“I feel humbled and very grateful that this event goes on and that so many local people come to it,” said Mr Sevilla-Harland after the ceremony.
There was also a display reflecting on the holocaust, as well as a visitors’ book for local people to sign.
The hymns at the ceremony were sung to music played by Keith and Maria Simpson.
The Holocaust Memorial Day Trust promotes and supports the Holocaust Memorial Day on January 27, the day to remember the millions of people killed in the Holocaust, Nazi Persecution and in subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia, and Darfur.
January 27 marks the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest Nazi death camp.