Fund-raising is nearly complete towards £10,000 plans for a ‘Peace Garden’ which will serve as a venue for the annual Holocaust Memorial Day service in Bury St Edmunds.
More than £9,000 has been raised through individual donations, grants and monthly events for the feature, which will also commemorate the massacre of 57 Jews in the town on Palm Sunday 1190.
The site, in the Abbey Gardens, will include benches and a stainless steel tear drop statue and is expected to be ready for an official opening for the Holocaust Memorial Day Service on January 27 2015.
Canon Matthew Vernon, of St Edmundsbury Cathedral, who conducts the memorial services and is a member of the fund-raising committee, said: “The tear drop statue has been chosen for its clear and universal symbolism.”
To help reach the fund-raising finish line, a concert will be held at the Quaker Meeting House, in St John’s Street, Bury, on Friday May 9 at 7.30pm.
Marianne Olyver, on violin, and Nigel Yandell, on piano, will be performing their vibrant show ‘Postcards from Europe’ - a selection of gypsy and classical music by composers who either fled to America or suffered under the Nazis.
There will be support from local musician Elizabeth Klingaman and poems about the effect of having to flee from persecution by Bury writer Helen Bourne.
The date is appropriate as May 9 is Marianne’s birthday and it is also Liberation Day celebrating the end of the German Occupation in Jersey where Rob Lock, the garden fund’s organiser, was brought up.
Tickets for the concert are £12/£10.
For more details, contact Rob Lock on 01284 701947 or visit www.bsememorialgardenfund.onesuffolk.net