January 27, 2011
Holocaust Day commemorated besides Frank Foley statue
short service took take place at Highbridge's Frank Foley Statue
on Thursday (Janary 27th) to commemorate World Holocaust Day.
Mayor, residents and local councillors attended the ceremony,
which was organised by Highbridge's War Memorial Trust.
Members of the Highbridge Clergy led the service, during which
a wreath was laid at the foot of the statue by Burnham and Highbridge
Mayor Michael Clarke on behalf of the two towns.
Foley was born in Highbridge in 1884 and was a spy in Berlin in
the 1930s, using the cover of head of the passport division of
the British Embassy. He risked his life by helping persecuted
Jews leave Nazi Germany, saving thousands from certain death.
He entered concentration camps such as Sachsenhausen and gave
visas to the authorities so Jews could be free to travel.
was awarded a CMG (Order of St Michael and St George) and in 2005
volunteers from Highbridge raised money for a statue commissioned
from sculptor Jonathan Sells.
refreshments were served at nearby Southwell House after Thursday's
photos show the service underway next to the statue on Thursday