Holocaust Memorial Day event at Waterhead Academy


A special event to commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day is being held later this week at the Waterhead Academy.

Rabbi Daniel Walker of Oldham’s Interfaith Forum and members of Oldham Youth Council will also talk at the event, as they pay tribute to those not only murdered by the Nazi regime and their collaborators during the Holocaust, but victims of the devastating genocides that followed in Columbia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur.

Pupils from Years 7 and 8 will join the Mayor of Oldham, alongside members of Oldham’s Interfaith Forum, Oldham Pride, Oldham Youth Council and other civic dignitaries at the event from 10am on Friday 27 January.

Schoolchildren will lead the remembrance with a number of readings, a candle lighting, and the unveiling of an art display that will host the thoughts and words from its pupils on a decorated tree.

Residents can pay their respect to Holocaust Memorial Day this year, including joining in the UK’s online commemoration event which will be streamed on Thursday 26 January from 7pm via the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust’s website.

Households can also join in a national ‘Light the Darkness’ moment at 4pm on Friday 27 January by safely lighting a candle in their window.