Croydon will remember victims of the Holocaust and other genocide at an annual civic ceremony next Friday.

One person can make a difference' is this year's theme and tributes will be paid to those who risked their lives to save others in the ceremony at Braithwaite Hall.

Before the ceremony mayor Maggie Mansell will light a candle in the foyer of the Town Hall in Katharine Street at 12pm.

Pupils from Croydon's schools and community leaders will recite poems and perform musical pieces to highlight the "positive moral choices" that some people have taken to speak out against persecution, racism and murder.

And a special tribute will be paid to the late Rosa Parks who sparked the civil rights movement in the US when she refused to give up her seat to a white person on a bus.

Councillor Mark Watson, cabinet member for equalities and community partnerships, said: "During the Holocaust there were courageous people who risked their own lives by making selfless choices to resist. They provided hope in an otherwise hopeless situation."

He added: "We will pay tribute to the people who have spoken out and stood up against persecution, racism and murder. They have shown that just one person can achieve a great deal however modest their actions."