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MidKent College hosts Holocaust Memorial

MidKent College has hosted a Holocaust Memorial to honour all the victims of the atrocities of World War II. The ‘Don’t Stand By’ ceremony was held at the Medway Campus on 27 January, known worldwide as the Holocaust Memorial Day.

Councillors, local businesses and members of the public were welcomed to the event, which was held in partnership with Medway Council and Medway Youth Parliament. Throughout the evening there were recitals, poems, and performances from a variety of Kent schools, as well as Chatham Memorial Synagogue and representatives from MYP. Students had also designed a poster to promote the event and received prizes on the night. Everyone who was there focused on paying their respects as well as looking forward to the future.

Principal Simon Cook said ‘we are honoured to host this event each year, to bring people together to share memories and honour those who have passed. It is also an opportunity to look ahead and work together as a community.’

The Deputy Mayor of Medway presented the competition winners and the event closed with Kent Police speaking of the experiences of policing, and genocide, past and future. Local schools, including the Robert Napier School, Warren Wood School, Balfour Junior School, Sir Joseph Williamson's Mathematical School, The Thomas Aveling School were also involved with the evening.