Dear Editor, I would like to thank Birmingham City Council for the splendid job they did organising the Holocaust Memorial Day event at Birmingham Town Hall on January 24.

This is an important event commemorating victims and survivors of the Holocaust and Nazi persecutions as well as other worldwide genocides.

This year’s Memorial Day was inspired by the theme from the Holocaust Memorial Trust for 2010, “The Legacy of Hope”.

The event included candle lighting by a Holocaust survivor, the Lord Mayor and Councillor Alan Rudge, as well as speeches, a short film and a reading.

The event ended with a wonderful choral performance of “The Armed Man” by The Phoenix Singers and the OneSound Orchestra and Choir. The whole event was excellent.

I was particularly impressed with the young man Glen Knott who works at the city council and who did a moving speech about some important issues affecting the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. He painted a very positive picture of working for the city council and sang absolutely beautifully after he spoke. What a credit this young man is to Birmingham City Council. Well done to all, and thank you to everyone who took part.

Mrs F Smith,