02-Feb-2016

A Holocaust Memorial Service was held at Huntingdonshire District Council’s headquarters in Huntingdon on 27 January. The service was led by Reverend Andrew Milton, vicar of St Mary’s and All Saints’ Churches, Huntingdon.

The theme for this year’s service was ‘Don’t Stand By’. Students from St Ivo Sixth Form were invited to give a presentation on their visits to Auschwitz, which was both informative and moving. The students said that everyone should visit this place at least once in their lifetime, which gave the audience food for thought.

There was also a lighting of candles in recognition of not only the Holocaust, but also genocides since then in Cambodia, Bosnia, Rwanda, Sudan, Ivory Coast and Syria.

In the audience were members from Huntingdon and District Sea Cadets, who performed a guard of honour, and representatives from the armed forces, St John’s Ambulance and other local dignitaries.

Cllr Peter Bucknell, Chairman of the Council and Cllr Jason Ablewhite, Executive Leader, each delivered a reading. Mr Malcolm Cohen led the Jewish Prayer of Mourning (Kaddish).

Cllr Peter Bucknell said: "I would like to thank those who helped prepare and administer this service, and everyone who attended so that we may never forget the horrors that so many human beings have suffered."