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Monday, 28 January 2013
Bolton School Sixth Form pupil, Holly Holt, and Head of Community Music at the School, Mr Jeremy Bleasdale, took part in a community memorial service to remember the victims of the Holocaust.
School children and community and civic leaders of all different faiths and backgrounds joined together for the Holocaust Memorial Day service held in the Festival Hall at Bolton Town Hall.
Holly played the flute at the service, accompanied by Mr Bleasdale on guitar. They opened the ceremony with the theme from Schindler’s List and also closed the service with ‘Bring Him Home’ from Les Miserables. The service was an opportunity for schoolchildren from across Bolton to showcase their research and reactions to the memorial’s theme of ‘Communities Together - Build a Bridge’. Poems reflecting the brutality and emotional devastation caused by the concentration camps were recited by pupils from local schools and Brandwood Community School choir performed at the service. Councillors and different faith leaders also contributed to the service, with readings to mark the 68th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz - Birkenau extermination camp.
Rabbi Joseph Lever, of the United Synagogue, read a Jewish Memorial Prayer in English and in Hebrew before the Mayor of Bolton, Cllr Guy Harkin, and pupils lit a row of candles in tribute to those lost during the Holocaust. Cllr Cliff Morris, leader of Bolton Council, finished the ceremony with pledge to support people of different faiths in Bolton. He said: “When we reflect upon the mistakes of the past and, sadly, some of which are going on in the world today, I would like to convey a message of hope and to work upon the positives in our town and country.”
The event was organised by the Bolton Interfaith Council with Bolton Council, and members of the public were invited to attend.
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