Havering residents, along with the Mayor of Havering, Councillor Dilip Patel, marked Holocaust Memorial Day at a special service in Romford on Sunday 27 January.
Led by Rabbi Lee Sunderland, Rabbi of Romford and District Synagogue, the service was held in Coronation Gardens, Main Road and focused on this year’s Holocaust Memorial Day theme – Torn From Home.
The service gave people the opportunity to remember victims of the Holocaust, as well as subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur.
Also in attendance were representatives of the Council, Havering Police, the Royal British Legion and members of the borough’s Jewish community.
Following the service, a reception took place at Romford and District Affiliated Synagogue where local MPs Andrew Rosindell and Julia Lopez gave short speeches. The reception was closed with a talk by Rosina Purnell, an ex-councillor of Havering Council and author of ‘The Past Was a Foreign Country – They Did Things Differently There’.
Mayor of Havering, Councillor Dilip Patel, said:
“It was an incredibly important event that allowed us to pause and remember the millions of victims of the Holocaust and subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur.
“It reminds us that we should take every opportunity to end discrimination and build bridges with people of all backgrounds.”