A town is set to fall silent in remembering others as a special service of remembrance is held and a new memorial bench is unveiled next week.

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Wreaths are due to be laid as a ceremony commemorating Holocaust Memorial Day will be held in Lowestoft.

At the spot where hundreds of young Jewish refugees arrived in 1938, a special service of remembrance will take place on Friday, January 27 as Lowestoft rail station hosts a special ceremony.

Everyone is welcome to attend the service of reflection, which will take place inside the Parcels Office at the town's railway station on January 27 at 10am.

People will gather to remember the Holocaust and the role the town played more than 80 years ago when more than 500 children arrived at Lowestoft station as part of the Kindertransport initiative.

Remembering, reflecting and never forgetting the role the town played in welcoming the refugee children in December 1938, the train carried 520 Jewish children who were escaping persecution prior to the outbreak of the Second World War.

With the first of two events arranged by Lowestoft Town Council, held inside The Parcels Office with kind permission from the Wherry Lines Community Rail Partnership and the Lowestoft Central Project, a town council spokesman said: "The theme this year is ‘Ordinary People’ with the Holocaust Memorial Trust highlighting that ordinary people are involved in every level of genocide.

"This commemorative service will aim to highlight this theme with short readings from local schools and short talks followed by the laying of wreaths."

A second event will be heed at Kensington Gardens at 1.30pm where a new Holocaust Memorial Bench will be unveiled alongside the memorial garden.

The town council spokesman added: "The bench, decorated with doves, includes the inscription: 'Peace is a gift to each other', which comes from the Holocaust Survivor and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Elie Wiesel, and recognises the impact we all have in preventing future genocides.

"Each year, Lowestoft Town Council organises commemoration events for Lowestoft to mark Holocaust Memorial Day and to remember the lives lost and affected by genocides around the world."