Residents across Sefton will continue to remember victims of the Holocaust during a memorial ceremony open to the public in Southport.

This year’s ceremony will be attended by the Mayor of Sefton and takes place on Sunday, January 27, at Christ Church, Lord Street, Southport at 1.30pm.

The Annual Service is organised by Sefton Council, with assistance from the Association of Jewish Ex Service Men & Women, Sefton Equalities Partnership, King George V College Southport, Sefton CVS, Unison and Christ Church.

It will be the 13th 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 Kevin Cluskey, said: “Holocaust Memorial Day is an annual event which provides an opportunity to commemorate victims, honour survivors and to make a personal commitment to stand up to hatred.

“It provides an opportunity for everyone to learn lessons from the Holocaust, Nazi persecution and subsequent genocides and apply them to the present day to create a safer, better future.

“At the Annual Holocaust Memorial Service we share the memory of the millions who have been murdered in the Holocaust and subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur in order to challenge hatred and persecution in the UK today.”

The Service is open to all members of the public, with refreshments served at the end of the service.

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