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A time to reflect as Holocaust Memorial Day is marked in Lowestoft

PUBLISHED: 18:11 26 January 2018 | UPDATED: 18:40 26 January 2018

Wreath-laying ceremony to commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day in Lowestoft. 
Students from Denes High School and Pakefield High along with Rev Matthew Payne, Frank and Trish Mortimer and Deputy Mayor Peter Knight by the plaque at Lowestoft train station.

Picture: Nick Butcher

Wreath-laying ceremony to commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day in Lowestoft. Students from Denes High School and Pakefield High along with Rev Matthew Payne, Frank and Trish Mortimer and Deputy Mayor Peter Knight by the plaque at Lowestoft train station. Picture: Nick Butcher

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Wreaths have been laid as a town fell silent to remember others.

Wreath-laying ceremony to commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day in Lowestoft. 
Students from Denes High School and Pakefield High along with Rev Matthew Payne, Frank and Trish Mortimer and Deputy Mayor Peter Knight by the plaque at Lowestoft train station.

Picture: Nick ButcherWreath-laying ceremony to commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day in Lowestoft. Students from Denes High School and Pakefield High along with Rev Matthew Payne, Frank and Trish Mortimer and Deputy Mayor Peter Knight by the plaque at Lowestoft train station. Picture: Nick Butcher

At the spot where hundreds of young Jewish refugees arrived in 1938, the people of Lowestoft gathered at a wreath-laying ceremony to commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day.

About 100 people reflected upon the town’s role in the ‘kindertransport’ program, while remembering those who died in the Holocaust, and subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur.

With ‘the power of words’ the theme for this year’s civic service to mark Holocaust Memorial Day, a ceremony was held at Lowestoft’s railway station today (Friday, January 26).

Chairman of Waveney District Council Cllr Frank Mortimer and the Deputy Mayor of Lowestoft Peter Knight l lay a wreath at Lowestoft Railway Station in memory of those killed in the Holocaust and the genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur.

Picture: Nick ButcherChairman of Waveney District Council Cllr Frank Mortimer and the Deputy Mayor of Lowestoft Peter Knight l lay a wreath at Lowestoft Railway Station in memory of those killed in the Holocaust and the genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur. Picture: Nick Butcher

A wreath was laid by Waveney District Council chairman Frank Mortimer and the Deputy Mayor of Lowestoft Peter Knight, while Waveney Youth Council chairman Lauren Wilson also laid a wreath on behalf of local young people.

Addressing the crowds, memories of Lowestoft’s role in the ‘kindertransport’ program, which brought more than 200 Jewish children to the town to escape persecution in Europe, were recalled. The children were billeted at a number of places across Waveney – including Pontins in Pakefield and St Felix School in Reydon.

Mr Mortimer said: “I am very honoured to be here to welcome you to Holocaust Memorial Day 2018. We need to remember the past but think about the future in ensuring the atrocities of the past can somehow be avoided.”

Chairman of Waveney District Council Cllr Frank Mortimer and the Deputy Mayor of Lowestoft Peter Knight l lay a wreath at Lowestoft Railway Station in memory of those killed in the Holocaust and the genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur.

Picture: Nick ButcherChairman of Waveney District Council Cllr Frank Mortimer and the Deputy Mayor of Lowestoft Peter Knight l lay a wreath at Lowestoft Railway Station in memory of those killed in the Holocaust and the genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur. Picture: Nick Butcher

Deputy mayor Peter Knight spoke about Renie Inow, who was 10 when she travelled alone on the Kindertransport in 1939, leaving her parents behind in Germany.

With a moment of reflection and prayers led by Rev Matthew Payne, vicar at Christ Church Lowestoft, he said: “We are thinking about ‘the power of words’, how they can be used and abused, for good or such evil, and the lessons we can learn. Today we are remembering millions of people murdered in the Nazi holocaust, and subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur. Let’s remember the power of words, and let’s put our words to work – for peace between all people.”

With the wreath-laying ceremony organised by Waveney’s Communities Team, speaking afterwards the chairman of Waveney Youth Council – Pakefield High School student Lauren Wilson, 13 – said: “Its an honour for me to lay a wreath on behalf of all the young people to remember all those who died.”

Wreath-laying ceremony to commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day in Lowestoft. 
Picture: Nick ButcherWreath-laying ceremony to commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day in Lowestoft. Picture: Nick Butcher

Chairman of Waveney District Council Cllr Frank Mortimer and the Deputy Mayor of Lowestoft Peter Knight  with Rev Matthew Payne at Lowestoft Train Station on Holocaust Memotrial Day.

Picture: Nick ButcherChairman of Waveney District Council Cllr Frank Mortimer and the Deputy Mayor of Lowestoft Peter Knight with Rev Matthew Payne at Lowestoft Train Station on Holocaust Memotrial Day. Picture: Nick Butcher

Wreath-laying ceremony to commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day in Lowestoft. 
Picture: Nick ButcherWreath-laying ceremony to commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day in Lowestoft. Picture: Nick Butcher

Wreath-laying ceremony to commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day in Lowestoft. 
Picture: Nick ButcherWreath-laying ceremony to commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day in Lowestoft. Picture: Nick Butcher

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