Corporate Communications Sefton MBC
Bootle Town Hall, First Floor, Trinity Wing, Oriel Road, Bootle, L20 7AE
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08 January 2010
For Immediate Release
Holocaust Memorial Day
Sefton will remember victims of the Holocaust during a memorial ceremony held in Southport
and attended by the Mayor of Sefton.
This year's ceremony will take place on Sunday, January 24, by the memorial stone in the
town's Garden of Remembrance in Southport at 10.30am.
Organised in conjunction with Sefton Council and the Southport Branch of Association of
Jewish ex-servicemen and women (AJEX), the Mayor of Sefton, Cllr Alf Doran, will be present
at the service, which is open to everyone.
It will be the tenth tribute paid in Sefton as the ceremony is held on the nearest Sunday to
Holocaust Memorial Day. Each year Holocaust Memorial Day falls on January 27 - the
anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp in Poland.
This year's Holocaust Memorial Day will mark the 65th anniversary of the liberation of
Councillors and chief officers of the council will attend the memorial ceremony in Southport as
well as members of the public. All will take part in a minute's silence. There will also be a book
of condolence for people to sign after the service located in the Arts Centre.
HMD provides an opportunity to commemorate victims, honour survivors and to make a
personal commitment to stand up to hatred.
Mayor of Sefton, Cllr Alf Doran, said: "Holocaust Memorial Day is the international day of
remembrance for the victims of the Holocaust and of other genocides.
"It aims to make sure that the horrendous crimes committed during the Holocaust and in more
recent genocides, are neither forgotten nor repeated, whether in Europe or elsewhere in the
"It also acts as a reminder to all of us of our responsibility to protect the civil and human rights
of all people in our society and across the world.
"By highlighting the day and holding a special ceremony in Southport we can all learn from it."
Chris Owen, Press and Public Relations Officer
Tel: 0151 934 2723
Fax: 0151 934 2729