Lord Mayor to attend Holocaust Memorial Day event at Leeds Town Hall

The Lord Mayor of Leeds Councillor Thomas Murray will be attending a commemoration service at Leeds Town Hall as part of a Holocaust Memorial Day event at 2pm on Sunday 26 January 2014.

Marking the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau on 27 January 1945, the event will be hosted by the Lord Mayor and include speakers, live music and a performance by young people.

On the programme will include a speech by Chris Butler (CEO of Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust), candle lighting and a traditional Hebrew memorial prayer sung by Rudi Leavor.

‘Journeys’ is this year’s theme of Holocaust Memorial Day, and an exhibition of the topic by pupils from Carr Manor School will be on display alongside contributions from the Holocaust Survivors Friendship Association. The exhibition will be on display until the end of January 2014.

The Lord Mayor of Leeds, Councillor Thomas Murray said:

"Holocaust Memorial Day events are always an extremely moving experience, and I feel extremely humbled to be involved in this year’s commemoration service at Leeds Town Hall.

"The journeys and stories detailing the experiences of those people who suffered greatly during the Holocaust should never be forgotten, and events such as these are a chance to both reflect and remember those people who were both victims and survivors."

Notes to editors:

Holocaust Memorial Day is held on 27 January 2014.

For media enquiries, please contact;

Colin Dickinson, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 39 51578

Email: colin.dickinson@leeds.gov.uk