Stand together to mark Holocaust Memorial Day in Rotherham

Published Wednesday, 18th January 2017
The Mayor and Leader of the Council
Mayor of Rotherham, Cllr Lyndsay Pitchley and Leader of the Council, Cllr Chris Read

Rotherham residents and businesses are being invited to join together to commemorate International Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD) on Friday 27 January.

A public event will take place in All Saints’ Square at 11am, hosted by the Mayor of Rotherham, Cllr Lindsay Pitchley, along with young people who will perform songs and readings linked to this year’s national theme of “How can life go on?”

In Rotherham, a number of faith leaders will come together in a show of unity and solidarity – urging all the community to stand side-by-side in the face of hatred and discrimination, and to commit to a positive future.

The Deputy Lord Lieutenant of South Yorkshire, Janet Wheatley; South Yorkshire's High Sheriff, Dr Julie MacDonald; Rotherham Council Leader, Cllr Chris Read, and the Council’s Leader of the Opposition, Cllr Allen Cowles, will also attend the event.

The Mayor of Rotherham, Cllr Lindsay Pitchley, said: “This year’s theme of “How can life go on?” urges us all to think about the impact of hatred and discrimination on individuals, families and communities – and how we must come together as one community to root out and challenge prejudice wherever we find it.

“We have been overwhelmed by the number of people from across the borough who have come forward to speak and support this year’s event – I hope to see many Rotherham people join us on the day.”

Amongst the performances, Year 4 pupils from St Ann’s Junior and Infant School will perform their school anthem, ‘Can You Hear My Voice,’ and students from Oakwood High School will sing ‘Something Inside So Strong.’

An original song – ‘How Can Life Go On’ - will also be performed by Nic Harding, Reaching Communities Co-ordinator at MyPlace Rotherham, and Clifton Arts and Community School student and soloist, Vaniya Farooq, will sing ‘With You’ from Ghost the Musical.

On display at the event will be a hand-crafted angel – with wings made out of the written pledges which local people made at last year’s Holocaust Memorial Day. It has been created and donated from the Festival of Angels event which was held in the town earlier this year, organised by Rotherham Ethnic Minority Alliance (REMA).

The Leader of Rotherham Council, Cllr Chris Read added: “Building a strong and supportive community where no-one is left behind is at the heart of the council’s vision for the borough.  The sombre events to mark Holocaust Memorial Day give us all a chance to reflect on how important community is, and how we must continue to stand together against those who seek to divide us.”