Rotherham marks Holocaust Memorial Day

Published Wednesday, 17th January 2018
Rotherham marks Holocaust Memorial Day
Rotherham marks Holocaust Memorial Day

Rotherham residents and businesses are being invited to join together to commemorate International Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD) on Thursday 25 January.

This third annual public event will take place in All Saints’ Square at 12.30pm, hosted by the Mayor of Rotherham, Cllr Eve Rose Keenan, along with dignitaries, faith leaders and young people who will perform songs and readings linked to this year’s national theme “The Power of Words”.

A number of faith leaders will attend the event, including Reverend Phil Batchford from the Minster Church of All Saints, Rabbi Yonosan Golomb from the Sheffield Synagogue and Imam Zaid Hussain from the Rotherham Council of Mosques.

The Lord Lieutenant of South Yorkshire, Andrew Coombe; Chief Executive of Rotherham Council, Sharon Kemp; 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 Eve Rose Keenan, said: “This year’s theme ‘The Power of Words’ urges us all to think about the huge impact that spoken and written words can have, both good and bad. We want people to think about the language they use, and the effect that their words can have on others.

We have a wonderful group of speakers and performers at this year’s event – I hope to see many Rotherham people join us on the day.”

Amongst the performances, Year 6 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 a song called ‘Butterfly.’

An original song - ‘The Power of Words’ - will also be performed by Nic Harding and young people from YMCA White Rose, MyPlace Rotherham and the Choir from St Bernard’s school will be singing as people are arriving.

On display at the event will be hand-crafted angel wings, created by the Women Facing Racism project. These have been donated from the Festival of Angels event which was held in the town in December 2017, organised by Rotherham Ethnic Minority Alliance (REMA).

The Leader of Rotherham Council, Cllr Chris Read added: “I hope that people will again join us in the town centre to mark Holocaust Memorial Day here in Rotherham. This event is a chance to bring different communities and faith groups together to reflect on the past and focus on the things that unite us for the future.”