Standing together at a moving annual service in St Annes to remember the Holocaust

Guest speaker Trude Silman
Guest speaker Trude Silman

Folk stood together at a most moving memorial service - held at St Annes Synagoue - to remember those who suffered in the Holocaust.

This was the fourth successive Annual Holocaust Memorial Day service at the Orchard Road synagogue.

Schoolchildren perform at the event

Schoolchildren perform at the event

The theme this year was 'Stand Together'.

And organisers said they were "overwhelmed" with the support the event received on the day.

"It was standing room only. There were 230 in the packed hall in the synagogue," said Michelle Morris.

"It was just incredible - we were just overwhelmed."

The Holocaust Memorial Service

The Holocaust Memorial Service

The guest speaker was Trude Silman. 90, who remembered being sent home early from school in March 1939, when the Nazis invaded Slovakia.

Synagogue Rabbi Danny Bergson led memorial prayers and there were numerous representatives from inter-faiths who spoke.

Representatives from local schools attended.

They came from St Mary's Catholic School, Blackpool; Montgomery High, Blackpool; The Willows Catholic Primary, Kirkham; AKS, Lytham; Hodgson Academy, Poulton-le-Fylde.

Guests at the service

Guests at the service

Dignitaries who attended included the Mayor of Fylde and the High Sheriff of Lancashire, and Fylde and Blackpool councillors.

"Just talking to people after, they felt it was a very moving service," said Michelle.

"It was very poignant with what has been going on - with the rise in hate crime recently."

She said the theme of Stand Together was "quite poignant" at the service . . . "everybody is standing together".

She added: "I think that the was the message that came across."