People from different faiths and cultures are being invited to take part in a special memorial service being held in Chorley to remember all those who died in the Holocaust and other acts of genocide.

The service will mark Holocaust Memorial Day which this year has the theme of “Journeys” in recognition of the journeys that people were forced to undertake in fear of what would be found at the end.

The service in Chorley will be held on Saturday, January 25, at 11am, at the cenotaph in Astley Park, followed by tea and coffee for invited guests at the Town Hall. Councillor Alistair Bradley, Chorley Council leader, said: “By all our communities coming together to think about the suffering of others in this way, it can only help build tolerance and understanding of the different faiths and cultures which enrich our borough.”

People are asked to meet at the park gates on Park Road at 10.45am for a short parade to the cenotaph with standards from the Royal British Legion and other ex-service standards.

The Catholic Dean of Chorley, Dr Francis Marsden will lead the service accompanied by clergy from churches in Chorley.

There will be a two-minute silence at 11am followed by a sounding of The Last Post, prayers and wreath laying by the Mayor of Chorley Councillor John Walker, the Mayor of South Ribble Councillor Dorothy Gardner, and Lancashire Constabulary.

Kinga Grzeczynska, director of the Holocaust Memorial Service, said: “The ceremony in Chorley has always been well supported in the past and I hope it will be again this year as everyone, whatever their faith and culture, is invited to join us in remembering the victims of the Holocaust and acts of genocide or victims of terrorism.

“It’s important that we continue to remember and educate people so we do not see atrocities like this again.”