Doncaster marks Holocaust Memorial Day

People including Rosie Winterton MP and Civic Mayor Christine Mills bow their heads for the two minute silence at the Holocaust memorial service at Doncaster Museum. Picture: Andrew Roe
People including Rosie Winterton MP and Civic Mayor Christine Mills bow their heads for the two minute silence at the Holocaust memorial service at Doncaster Museum. Picture: Andrew Roe

RESIDENTS gathered to commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day at Doncaster Museum and Art Gallery.

The event was led by the town’s Mayor, Peter Davies and gave residents the chance to remember the millions of people who were persecuted by the Nazis, as well as subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur.

The service included a blessing, various readings and a two minute silence, followed by the laying of a wreath.

People across the borough are being urged to respect different communities as part of this year’s memorial day theme of Communities Together: Build a Bridge.

Mayor Mr Davies, said: “We are lucky we live in a place where we can freely go about our business without fear of intimidation or persecution.

“Our town is a welcoming one and is home to many from around the world who have escaped persecution.

“On Holocaust Memorial Day we give thanks for the freedom we have and think about how we can make Doncaster an even better place for us to live and others to visit.”

Across the country some 1,500 events took place.