SERVICES will take place across Gwent tomorrow to remember those who died in the Holocaust.

Holocaust Memorial Day remembers the millions of people who were murdered at the hands of the Nazi's and in subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur.

January 27 also marks the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau which took place 71 years ago.

In Newport, St Woolos Cathedral will be holding a service from 11am to 12pm. The theme for this year’s commemoration is ‘Don’t Stand By’.

The service, hosted by the mayor of Newport, councillor Herbie Thomas, and the mayoress, Jacqueline M Mitchell, will be overseen by Reverend Canon Raymond Hayter.

The vice lord lieutenant for Gwent commodore, Toby Elliott OBE RN, and the high sheriff of Gwent, colonel Andrew Tuggey, have been invited along with local AMs, MPs, SACRE members, councillors, heads of service and all Newport schools.

This is an open event and members of the public are also invited to attend.

Duffryn High School Senior Vocal Group and Gwent Youth Brass Ensemble will lead the music and selected local schools will have key roles within the service.

Pupils from Gaer Primary School will form a procession, carrying lit candles down the aisle to remember some of those who have died.

Readings will be undertaken by students from Llanwern High School and a student from Lliswerry High School will lead the prayers. The Mayor will also address the service.

In Torfaen there will be a service at Horeb Baptist Church in Blaenavon at 10am in which the Councillor Giles Davies, the mayor will attend.

In Caerphilly, a service will take place in a vacant shop which has been transformed into an art exhibition in The Market Place Blackwood. The exhibition comprises of work from pupils from Cwmcarn High School, Blackwood Comprehensive School and Risca Community Comprehensive School, together with Garner’s artwork B for Defiance, an exact replica of the sign at Auschwitz.

The exhibition opened on Monday and will run until January 30.

A free exhibition will be held on Wednesday at the Newbridge Memo which will showcase a display on this year's Holocaust Memorial Day theme and there will be resources available in its foyer between 9am and 5pm.