Lighting ceremony in Bond Square

Lit candles

In honour of Holocaust Memorial Day, there will be a special candle lighting ceremony in Bond Square, The Lexicon, on Friday 27 January from 5:30pm.

Attendees will be able to light electric candles and place them in Bond Square. This symbolises remembrance of the Holocaust and other genocides. It also reminds us to learn from history and never forget the past.

The date of 27 January was chosen because it marks the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest Nazi death camp. There are a number of events taking place across Bracknell Forest during the day. 

View more about Holocaust Memorial Day events.

On the day

Please arrive before 5:30pm.

At 5:30pm, there will be opening remarks followed by a speech from the Mayor of Bracknell Forest, Cllr Ankur Shiv Bhandari. The Mayor will also be reading a poem to commemorate the day.

Event organiser Mihika Chopra will then read a short extract provided by the Holocaust Educational Trust, followed by a poem.

The first electric tea light will be lit at 6pm. This is when members of the public will be able to light and place their candles.

The event is expected to finish at 6:15pm.

Other information

This is a free event so people can show their respects. We suggest you wear warm clothing, as the weather is expected to remain cold.

Parking is available at The Lexicon and usual charges apply.

A photographer will be there to capture this occasion. Images will be used by Bracknell Forest Council and its partners on their communication channels. This may include, but is not limited to, website, social media and newsletters. If you do not wish to be included in the photos, speak to a member of staff on the day.

Bracknell Forest remains a steadfast partner of the Holocaust Memorial Trust.