South Shields Town Hall lit purple to commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day

South Tyneside are supporting Holocaust Memorial Day by lighting up the borough and marking the event with a virtual commemoration service.

South Shields Town Hall, marking Holocaust Memorial Day.
South Shields Town Hall, marking Holocaust Memorial Day.

Residents are being reminded to show their support for Holocaust Memorial Day on Wednesday, January 27 by lighting a candle and joining the annual commemoration event, which is being held virtually this year.

The event honours all those affected by genocide and the memorial service at South Shields Town Hall involves representatives from across the community.

South Shields Town Hall will also be bathed in a purple light on 27 January, with the Clock Tower lit up white to reflect this year’s theme of ‘be the light in the darkness.’

Residents are being encouraged to watch the event on the Council’s Facebook and Twitter channels tomorrow at 8pm.

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The Mayor said: “Holocaust Memorial Day is an incredibly important occasion in which we remember the millions of people who have been murdered, or whose lives have been changed beyond recognition, during the Holocaust and in subsequent genocide.

“The day also provides us an opportunity to honour the survivors of such atrocities and to reflect upon the lessons of their experiences in the past to challenge hatred, racism and victimisation today and in the future.”

The event features community figures, including the Mayor of South Tyneside, Councillor Norman Dick, Leader of South Tyneside Council, Councillor Tracey Dixon, local MPs and community faith representatives.

The Mayor of South Tyneside added: “Though we are not able to come together in the way we normally would, we are still determined to unite in solidarity and pay our respects on this important day in our history with a virtual commemoration.”

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