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Record Number Of People Attend Holocaust Memorial Day In Weymouth

Holocaust Memorial Service

12:10pm 27th January 2015
(Updated 10:33am 28th January 2015)

A record number of people gathered in the Princess Diana Gardens in Weymouth to remember the victims of the holocaust today (27th January).

A special service was held by the Mayor of Weymouth & Portland with a reading from the Reverend Tim Gomm of Portland to mark Holocaust Memorial Day.

Wessex FM spoke to the Reverend at the service and he said: "I think it just shows there actually is a generous spirit in Weymouth of people wanting to support and help each other and not be isolated from other people's problems."

Mayor Councillor Kate Wheller said: "My emphasis is on reconciliation because memorial without reconciliation really doesn't work."

"We have to work together on reconciliation in order to build a better world for the future."

The South West Dorset Multicultural Network has also set up a Holocaust Memorial Day display at Weymouth Library that's showing survivors and their stories.

They've also organised a free event on Friday 30 January at the Corn Exchange, High West Street, Dorchester from 12.30pm-1.30pm.

There will be a range of speakers including the Police and Crime Commissioner Martyn Underhill and Harry Grenville who came to the UK from Germany as part of the Kindertransport.

The theme for Holocaust Memorial Day this year is 'Keep the Memory Alive'.

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