People of different faiths and cultures in Chorley will come together later this month to commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day.

A special day of events has been planned on Saturday, January 23, where people can commemorate the victims of the Holocaust and to help build tolerance and understanding.

The day will start with a ceremony at the Cenotaph in Astley Park at 10.45am, led by Dean Dr Francis Marsden, followed by a drinks reception at the Town Hall.

January 27 is officially Holocaust Memorial Day, however, events are taking place across the country before and after that date.

In Chorley a short parade will form at the gates of Astley Park and make its way to the cenotaph. A two-minute silence at 11am will be followed by a sounding of The Last Post, prayers and wreath laying.

Kinga Grzeczynska, Director of the Holocaust Memorial Day, said: “The ceremony in Chorley is very well supported and we work very closely with the council to organise the event.

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