Young and old join in Bromsgrove to mark the Holocaust

By Tristan Harris Tuesday 28 January 2014 Updated: 28/01 00:37

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Buy photos » Aksa Khan from the Bromsgrove Muslim Community Trust, with Jewish speaker Phil Saleh and Christian curate Rev Carey Saleh. Pictures by Tristan Harris.

MORE than 150 people turned out to Bromsgrove's annual Holocaust Memorial Day in Sanders Park.

A special service was given by Bromsgrove team curate Rev Carey Saleh which included accounts from Auschwitz and other atrocities which had happened over the years.

They were read by schoolchildren, Bromsgrove civic head, Coun Helen Jones, district council leader, Coun Roger Hollingworth and the authority's chief executive Kevin Dicks, among others.

A speech was given by Phil Saleh and two students from Woodrush School - Katie Bullock and Nicola Payne - spoke about what it was like when they travelled to Auschwitz.

A two-minute silence was held to remember the victims of the Holocaust and other atrocities That was punctuated by The Last Post and Reveille.

Those gathered also joined in with Prayers of Penitence and everyone joined in unison to make a Statement of Commitment towards avoiding such atrocities in the future.

All in all, pupils from ten schools took part in the event.

Coun Jones said: "It was a brilliant turn-out and so poignant the way young and old came together."

Mr Saleh said: "I think it is wonderful to see young people embracing this message of remembrance.

"I spoke to the two girls who went to Auschwitz and one of them said she was hoping to go back.

"I found it very moving that children are taking up the torch.

"It's great for Bromsgrove that local people will stand and make that kind of commitment."

Aksa Khan, the secretary of the Bromsgrove Muslim Community Trust, was stood next to Christian curate Rev Saleh and Jewish Mr Saleh, for the duration of the service.

Rev Saleh told The Standard she felt privileged to commemorate the Holocaust alongside representatives from other religions.

"It was also particularly encouraging to see so many young people taking part.

"They were so enthusiastic about it and played their own part."

Mrs Khan said: "It shows how cohesive the community of Bromsgrove is.

"It's a shame it's not like that the World over."

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Buy photos» Bromsgrove civic head, Coun Helen Jones, chief executive Kevin Dicks and district council leader, Coun Roger Hollingworth.

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Buy photos» The Last Post and Reveille were played either side of the two-minute silence.

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Buy photos» Youngsters from Haybridge High in Hagley were among those who took part in proceedings.

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Buy photos» The plaque in Sanders Park to commemorate the Holocaust.

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