More than 100 people celebrate Holocaust Memorial Day at Bruce Castle

This Is Local London: The MP for Hornsey and Wood Green, Lynne Featherstone, and Tottenham MP, David Lammy, were among the guests at the memorial event. The MP for Hornsey and Wood Green, Lynne Featherstone, and Tottenham MP, David Lammy, were among the guests at the memorial event.

More than 100 people from across the borough have commemorated those who died during the Holocaust.

Mayor of Haringey Councillor Sheila Peacock led this year’s Holocaust Memorial Day ceremony at a public gathering at Bruce Castle, in Tottenham, on Sunday, January 26.

This year’s theme was ‘Journeys’ and saw residents come together to reflect on the experience of the survivors and millions of people who lost their lives during the Nazi genocide.

Holocaust survivor Joan Salter attended the ceremony. She said: “I was very moved by the whole event on Sunday. “It was wonderful to see so many people from the local community attend.”

She added: “To hear the young people of Haringey join together in a choir and sing with such beauty gave me much hope for the future.”

Hornsey and Wood Green MP Lynne Featherstone and Tottenham MP David Lammy were among the guests at the memorial event, and Mrs Salter praised Haringey politicians and religious leaders for coming together and said it was “a great example” of how people can work together.

Cllr Peacock said: “I hope everyone who attended our remembrance ceremony was able to make a small journey towards understanding more about the experience of those affected by forced journeys of the past that uprooted individuals and families.

“Real journeys are about choice and freedom, and I’m proud that in Haringey we are able to live, work and be part of a borough that is home to so many different faiths, backgrounds and strong communities.”

The recently crowned Tottenham Young Poet Laureate, 16-year-old Janache John-Baptiste, performed a poem called The Journey, which he wrote and can be read in full here.

Full details of further Holocaust Memorial events happening in Haringey, including an exhibition that is touring the borough’s libraries, click here

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