Preston remembers Holocaust victims

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Dignitaries from across Lancashire turned out to a Holocaust memorial service at Preston Minster yesterday morning.

The annual event, led by Father Timothy Lipscomb, vicar of Preston, featured religious leaders from different faiths, mayors from across the county, school children, and representatives from UCLan, the police, the forces and councils.

Holocaust Memorial Day service at The Minster of St John in Preston

Holocaust Memorial Day service at The Minster of St John in Preston

The service invites people to remember the communities that suffered as a result of the Holocaust, the Second World War, and other tragedies worldwide.

This year, the message was about journeys and was accompanied by a rendition of The Journey by students from Cardinal Newman Dance Academy.

Father Timothy said: “I was delighted at how it all went.

“We had people from all sections of the community who spoke about unwilling journeys – people who had been refugees, or those forced into concentration or labour camps.

“I always get a bit worried about these things, but I can honestly say it was better than ever and we had a fantastic turnout.”

Father Ciprian Mihail Badin, Romanian Orthodox priest for Preston and the North West, spoke about the downfall of communism in Romania at the service.

He said: “It’s all about learning from history and not making the same mistakes.” He added: “The service was very well attended and it went really well, I was very pleased to be part of it.”

The 150-strong congregation lit candles during the service for all political and religious persuasions to join together in a message of hope.

Chorley held a Holocaust memorial event at Astley Park on Saturday.

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