Two pupils from Nailsea School gave a reading at a moving Holocaust Memorial Day event.

It was held at the Nailsea Tithe Barn on January 27.

Locals took the time to remember the millions of people murdered during the Holocaust and subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur.

Organised by HMD North Somerset, the event was supported by Nailsea Town Council, North Somerset Council and Nailsea Folk Club.

The high sheriff of Bristol, Sharon Foster, opened the evening.

She said: "I was pleased to be part of such a memorable, successful and important event.

"Thank you all for your hospitality and inviting me to speak".

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The keynote speech was delivered by Tim Cole, M.A., Ph.D., professor of social history at the University of Bristol.

His research spans social, landscape and environmental histories, with a particular emphasis on the Holocaust.

Mr Cole's presentation informed the audience of the stories of three Jewish families from distinct parts of Poland, who experienced the Holocaust at different stages of the war.

Following this, the Ukrainian vocal ensemble, "Kozachki", performed poignant Ukrainian songs.

Formed in October 2022, the group comprises of women displaced from their homes due to the conflict with Russia.

Their performance offered a touching display of their culture and a love for Ukrainian music.

North Somerset Times: It was held at the Nailsea Tithe Barn on January 27

Nailsea School pupils, Courtney and Eva, then gave a reading.

The event concluded with closing remarks and a reading of the Kaddish by Cllr Ben Kushner of Nailsea Town Council.

Cllr Ben Kushner said: "I think the audience would all agree that the Holocaust Memorial event was a very interesting and somewhat emotional event.

"We have shown that we can put on important events that bring something a bit different and worthwhile to Nailsea, just as we successfully did last October in support of Black History Month."