Paddington station was bathed in purple light by Great Western Railway and Network Rail in a moment of remembrance for Holocaust Memorial Day.

As part of Holocaust Memorial Day Trust’s (HMDT) campaign to ‘Light the Darkness’, Paddington station, along with Reading and Bristol Temple Meads, were illuminated at 4pm today to allow passengers and colleagues the opportunity to share in the national moment of reflection.

The illuminated stations join dozens of other landmarks across the country, including The London Eye, Magdalen College Tower in Oxford, Exeter Guildhall and Cardiff Castle.

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GWR also displayed the official Holocaust Memorial Day candle on the  station screens across the Great Western network, including those at Oxford, Didcot Parkway and Reading.

Households have been encouraged to light candles and safely put them in their windows to remember those who died in the Holocaust.

Holocaust Memorial Day is marked each year on January 27.

It is the international day to remember the six million Jewish people murdered during the Holocaust, alongside the millions of other people killed under Nazi persecution of other groups, and during more recent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia, and Darfur.

GWR’s Head of Stations, James Adeshiyan said: “GWR is proud to work with the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust and Network Rail to allow customers and colleagues across our network to take part in this national moment of reflection at 4pm.

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“We hope that by having our stations and screens illuminated in this way, it allows people travelling and working with us to have a quiet moment to remember those who have lost their lives and been impacted by prejudice and hatred.”

This story was written by Andy Ffrench, he joined the team more than 20 years ago and now covers community news across Oxfordshire.

Get in touch with him by emailing: Andy.ffrench@newsquest.co.uk

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