Rise in numbers at Holocaust Memorial Day

The scene at the Holocaust Memorial in the Angel Suite after the ceremonies marking the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. EMN-150128-075012001
The scene at the Holocaust Memorial in the Angel Suite after the ceremonies marking the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. EMN-150128-075012001

They kept the memory alive: the Holocaust Memorial Day Ceremony in Brigg’s Angel Suite had its best attendance for several years.

Andrew Percy MP and Town Mayor Coun Edward Arnott led the town’s reflection, with the Rev Alec Depledge conducting the service.

The 2015 event had a special poignancy, as the year marked the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz.

“The Holocaust Memorial stands to the memory of those who have suffered genocide,” said the Rev Depledge.

“We have to ask where are we now; has honouring the memory changed anything?

“We say never again and never forget, but genocide has happened again.”

Readings from the Diary of Anne Frank were given by Sir John Nelthorpe students Kaya Bainbridge and Melanie Calder, with Frankie Noten giving a personal reflection on her visit to Auschwitz.

Brigg’s Methodist Minister, the Rev Ian Wales read the poem Auschwitz and Tony Sevilla-Harland of the Jewish Community read The Kaddish.

Stones were laid at the memorial by representatives of schools and local organisations, with Mr Percy laying the first stone.