A memorial service is to be held in Chorley remember all those who died in the Holocaust and other acts of genocide.

People of different faiths and cultures are invited to take part in the service to mark Holocaust Memorial Day which this year has the theme of bringing communities together.

The service in Chorley will be held on Saturday, January 26, 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: “This is an annual event that we hold to commemorate the victims of the Holocaust, Nazi persecution and genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda and Bosnia and the on-going atrocities throughout the world.

“It is our way of helping to build tolerance and understanding of different faiths and cultures across the borough which is why we want all our communities to come together.

“That way we can build bridges by getting to know and understand each other and so creating tolerance and respect.”

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.

Kinga Grzeczynska, director of the Holocaust Memorial Service, said: “The ceremony in Chorley is very well supported and I would like to invite people of different faiths and cultures to join us in remembering the victims of the Holocaust and acts of genocide or victims of terrorism.”