Anne Frank gathering
Holocaust Memorial Day was marked by a service at Ashford’s Memorial Gardens.
Members of the public joined religious leaders and council representatives by the Anne Frank Tree to remember the millions who were murdered in the Holocaust as well as those who have died in subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur.
The service on Monday was led by Canon Colin Preece, vicar of St Mary’s Church, Ashford, supported by John MacKenzie, mayor’s chaplain at St Mary’s the Virgin Church, Willesborough, and Father Michael Lovell, from St Teresa of Avila Catholic Church.
The worldwide event has been held each year since 2001.
Mayor of Ashford Cllr David Smith, who placed a commemorative cross at the site, said: “The day aims to ensure the horrendous crimes against humanity committed during the Holocaust are remembered and that its relevance for each new generation is understood.
“The day acts as a reminder to all of us of our responsibility to protect the civil and human rights of all people in our society.”
The Rev Colin Preece leads the service
Mayor of Ashford Cllr David Smith and Cyril Bishop, of the Royal British legion
Karen Pearce and Lynne Whaley sample some olives
Andy Evans, of The