Victims of the Holocaust will be remembered in Sefton during a special memorial ceremony open to the public.

This year’s service will be attended by the Mayor of Sefton, Cllr Stephen Kermode and takes place on Sunday, January 24, at Christ Church, Lord Street, Southport at 1.30pm.

Partners including Sefton Council, the Association of Jewish Ex Service Men & Women, King George V College, Southport, Runshaw College, Leyland, Sefton Equalities Partnership, Sefton Unison and Christ Church all help organise the annual service.

It will be the 16th tribute paid in Sefton as the ceremony is held on the nearest Sunday to Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD). Each year, Holocaust Memorial Day falls on January 27 – the anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp in Poland.

Councillors and council officers will attend the memorial ceremony in Southport as well as members of the public. All will take part in a minute’s silence.

Mayor of Sefton, Cllr Stephen Kermode, said: “Every year on January 27, the world marks Holocaust Memorial Day.

“It’s a time for everyone to pause to remember the millions of people who have been murdered or whose lives have been changed beyond recognition during the Holocaust, Nazi persecution and in subsequent genocides.

“At the annual Holocaust Memorial Service in Southport, it brings together the diverse strands of our communities and enables us to demonstrate how the lessons of the past can inform our lives today and ensure that everyone works together to create a safer, better future.

“It is an important event in our calendar and if you have the time, please join us to mark this day.”

The service in Southport is open to everyone, with refreshments served at the end.

For more information visit


Submit News Contact us with your community, business or sport news. Phone 07581350321




Breaking local news as it happens, searchable archives with photographs, the ability to instantly comment on news articles – there are so many advantages to OTS (Onthespot) News.

If you want your news read locally online then send it to – relying only on the newspaper is to restrict yourself to an ever reducing audience.