SECOND World War films will be screened for free at a Prudhoe cinema as part of Northumberland's Holocaust Memorial Day commemorations.

Organised by Northumberland County Council in partnership with the FUSE Cinema in Prudhoe, the specially chosen films include the multi Oscar-winning Life is Beautiful, starring Roberto Benigni, The Book Thief and Escape from Sobibor.

The free screenings will take place on Tuesday, January 29 and Wednesday, January 30 following Holocaust Memorial Day on January 27.

The screenings are part of the council’s week-long commemoration of Holocaust Memorial Day, which starts on Thursday, January 24 with an event at County Hall, Morpeth.

Members of the public are invited to join the council at the special event starting at 3.45pm with the raising of Holocaust Memorial Day flag. It will be followed by a commemoration event in the council chamber at County Hall from 4pm.

The event, focused on the theme "torn from home," will feature poems and readings from young people from Voices Making Choices, as well as a presentation from refugees who have made their home in Northumberland.

Coun. Bernard Pidcock, who is leading the Holocaust Memorial Day commemorations at the council, said: “This year we have tried to make the commemorations accessible to a wider audience by hosting a variety of different events. It is important that we continue to tell the message behind the Holocaust Memorial Day, which is still so relevant today."