A HOLOCAUST Memorial event is to return for a second year and the city council has set up a poetry competition to help 'find the right words' for such an important event.

The memorial event is a reminder of the horrors of the past so that lessons can be learned and for the event in January, the city council hopes the community will support the theme - 'The Fragility of Freedom.' 

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City Council Leadership Group, Councillor Ian Tomes said; "It is important that each generation learns from the mistakes of its predecessors."

The poetry competition must connect with the vision of the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust and poems must be responding to the theme and connect with the vision of the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust which is 'learning from genocide for a better future.'

Cllr Tomes said: "This poetry competition, as part of our Holocaust Day, gives the next generation a chance to greater understand the fragility of freedom, and express their concerns and desires for the future in their own way through poetry."

There are two age categories - 11-17 and ages 18 and over. The word limit is 250 words.

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Submissions will be accepted by anyone who lives or works in Salisbury and the name and age of the person should be added at the top. If delivered by hand, ensure there is a method of contact. 

Poems can be emailed to bhc@salisburycitycouncil.gov.uk or by taking it to the Salisbury Information Centre in Fish Row. 

A shortlist will be drawn up by the Communities Manager and two poems selected from each age category by the holocaust memorial-day working group will be read at the memorial event  on Saturday, January 27 at 10.30am

The Holocaust Memorial Trust provide a range of resources and materials which can remind, reveal and inspire. These can be found on the website reminding us that “Each year across the UK, thousands of people come together to learn more about the past and take action to create a safer future”.