A 90-YEAR-OLD who survived the holocaust will be the key speaker at a meeting of the Burnley and Pendle Anti-Nazi League.

Leon Greenman and his family were deported from Holland to Auschwitz, where his wife and child were sent to the gas chambers. Leon survived in Auschwitz, Birkenau and Monowitz camps in Poland and was liberated from Buchenwald by the Americans in 1945.

He now lives in London and gives talks on the horrors of the holocaust and life in the camps. He will be at the United Reformed Church, Bethesda Street, Burnley, on January 30 at 7.30pm

Burnley's MP Peter Pike is unable to attend the meeting but has sent a message of support.

An Anti-Nazi league spokesperson said: "Leon is a brave and outspoken man who has witnessed terrible things.

"We are very honoured that he has agreed to come to Burnley to speak."

On Sunday at St Peter's Church, Burnley, Burnley Council has arranged a service to mark the first Holocaust Memorial Day. It is at 2pm and will be jointly led by the Bishop of Burnley, the Rt Rev John Goddard, the Rector of Burnley, the Rev Quentin Wilson, and Dean Denis Dwyer, of St Philip's RC Church, Padiham, and a free church minister.