A Holocaust Memorial Day service is being held at St Albans Cathedral.

The Mayor, Cllr Salih Gaygusuz and wife Maureen, will be joined by religious leaders and people from across the community at the event on Wednesday, January 27.

The service will remember the millions killed in the Holocaust and will also recognise other 20th century genocides, including in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur.

The theme this year is ‘Don’t Stand By’.

Cllr Gaygusuz said: “This is one of the most significant events I will attend during my year of office.

“It is very important that our community recognises Holocaust Memorial Day and all that it represents.

“I will be very interest to listen to the contribution from the sixth from students from Sandringham School who have taken part in an educational project to learn about the Holocaust.

“It is vital that knowledge of what happened is passed on from one generation to another so that it is never forgotten.”

Four Holocaust trust Ambassadors from Sandringham School in St Albans will also join the commemoration.

The sixth-form students took part in the trust’s Lessons from Auschwitz Project in March 2015, where they visited the Nazi concentration and death camp Auschwitz-Birkenau during a four-part educational programme.

Also taking part in the commemoration will be Rabbi Daniel Sturgess from the St Albans United Synagogue, Rabbi Rafi Kaiserblueth from the St Albans Masorti Synagogue and The Reverend Canon Richard Watson, Sub-Dean of the Cathedral and Abbey Church of St Alban.