RESIDENTS in Burnham and Highbridge braved the cold weather to remember the victims of the Holocaust at a special service.

The service, which was organised by Highbridge War Memorial Trust, was held by the statue of Major Frank Foley to commemorate World Holocaust Day.

Reverend Sharon Crossman from St John’s Church in Highbridge led the service on Sunday (January 27) as the Mayor of Burnham and Highbridge Cllr Bill Hancock and Mayoress Frances Hancock were joined by Cllr Mike Cresswell, chairman of Sedgemoor District Council, to lay flowers and pay tribute to the victims of the Holocaust.

Councillors and residents laid candles at the foot of the statue of Major Frank Foley, students from local schools read out heartfelt prayers and a silence was observed to remember the fallen.

The service comes less than a week after the Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt unveiled a bust of Major Foley to recognise his work in freeing thousands of Jews after Adolf Hitler rose to power in 1933.