Chester’s MP Stephen Mosley joined children from across Chester and North Wales for a Service of Remembrance at Chester Cathedral to mark Holocaust Memorial Day.
The service, organised by the cathedral’s education department, was attended by pupils and teachers from Bishops’ Blue Coat CE High School, Darland High School in Rossett, Sir Thomas Boteler CE High School in Warrington and St. Chad’s Catholic and CE High School in Runcorn.
The service was held on Thursday, January 23, four days before Holocaust Memorial Day on January 27.
This year is the 69th anniversary of the liberation of the largest of the Nazi death camps, where an estimated one million people lost their lives.
The service focused on the theme of ‘Journeys’ and winning poems from a poetry competition on the same topic were read aloud.
The winning poets were Henry Park, Year 9, and Lewis Czerniak, Year 9, from Darland, Emma Fellows, Year 9, and Lucy Ryan, Year 11, from Sir Thomas Boteler, Jordan Lee, Year 9, and Jake Houghton, Year 9, from Bishops’ and Daniel Crombie, Year 9, and John Roberts, Year 13, from St Chad's.
Members of the congregation were encouraged to reflect on the Holocaust by writing down what they would take with them if they were forced to leave their homes at a moment’s notice on luggage labels and candles were lit to form a procession of light at the end of the service.
Chester Cathedral education officer, Helen Barber, said: “It was very important for us to mark Holocaust Memorial Day with a special service at the cathedral. We were delighted to welcome pupils and staff into the building and very much enjoyed hearing their thoughtful reflections and their moving poems.”