Taking a moment to remember the victims of the Holocaust

Young and old took time out to remember the victims of the Holocaust.

Council leaders, students and special guests attended a memorial service at North Tyneside Council’s Quadrant headquarters on Wednesday, January 27.

Rabbi Aaron Lipsey  lights a candle at the Holocaust Memorial Day service at North Tyneside Council.

Rabbi Aaron Lipsey lights a candle at the Holocaust Memorial Day service at North Tyneside Council.

Keynote speaker Marta Josephs, the daughter of a holocaust survivor, spoke about the atrocity from a personal point of view.

Other speakers were Rabbi Aaron Lipsey, Monsignor Andrew Faley of St Edward’s RC Church, and Reverend Tony Curtis of St Mark’s Church.

Former Newcastle United footballer John Anderson spoke on behalf of Show Racism the Red Card while North Tyneside’s Young Mayor Abbie Armstrong also spoke.

There were performances from Waterville, Carville, Holystone and Marine Park primary schools, plus reflections from Churchill Community College.

Councillor Gary Bell addresses the audience at the Holocaust Memorial Day service at North Tyneside Council.'Picture by Jane Coltman

Councillor Gary Bell addresses the audience at the Holocaust Memorial Day service at North Tyneside Council.'Picture by Jane Coltman

Memorial candles were then lit to remember those who lost their lives during the Holocaust.

Elsewhere, St Mary’s Lighthouse in Whitley Bay was illuminated purple – the colour used by the national Holocaust Memorial Day Trust – on Monday, January 25.

Guests including Mayor Norma Redfearn and Lessons from Auschwitz Ambassadors (students from Whitley Bay High School) were in attendance for a short service.

Mrs Redfearn said: “Our Holocaust Memorial Day commemorations are when we pause together to remember those who have been victims of dreadful atrocities; not just from the Holocaust, but in the years since and sadly continuing in some parts of the world.”

Holy Cross pupils sing Don't Stand By at the Holocaust Memorial Day service at North Tyneside Council.'Picture by Jane Coltman

Holy Cross pupils sing Don't Stand By at the Holocaust Memorial Day service at North Tyneside Council.'Picture by Jane Coltman

St Mary's Lighthouse is turned purple to remember the victims of the Holocaust.

St Mary's Lighthouse is turned purple to remember the victims of the Holocaust.