AN ONLINE ceremony to commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day will take place tonight.

The day provides an opportunity for residents to come together and learn more about the past, as well as reflect and honour the survivors whose lives were changed ‘beyond recognition’.

You need to register to watch the poignant event - which begins at 7pm - by clicking here.

Barnsley Council is also asking residents to unite and ‘light the darkness’ by lighting a candles and displaying them in windows at 8pm - if it is safe to do so.

Coun Caroline Makinson, Mayor of Barnsley, said: “Holocaust Memorial Day is a day for us to stop and remember the millions of people who tragically lost their lives in the Holocaust just for being themselves as well as the millions of other people in genocides that followed.

“I think this year’s theme ‘one day’ is a great way for us to highlight the importance of commemorating this day each year and teaching our future generations so that one day in the future we will be free from all prejudice and intolerance.

“Looking back at tragic events in history helps us to build a better future and look at what we need to do to achieve this.

“It’s everyone’s responsibility to protect the rights of all people in society - especially here in our wonderful town of Barnsley and our No Place for Hate campaign reflects our ongoing commitment to this and recognises that everyone has a role to play.

“So, I hope as many residents as possible across the borough mark their respect for Holocaust Memorial Day, whether that be lighting a candle, watching the ceremony or simply chatting to their children about the role we must all play in creating a safer world and future.”