71 years ago this Saturday saw the dropping of the first atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan, killing up to 180,000 people and destroying 13 square kilometres of the city. Three days later, a second atomic bomb was dropped on the city of Nagasaki, killing between 50,000 and 100,000 people. As well as those killed immediately, countless more people died in subsequent months and years due to the radiation released by the bombs..
The local Peace Group will mark the anniversary with a vigil and readings in Redhill and Reigate and a parade between the two towns this Saturday, 6 August.
If you’re in Redhill or Reigate, please come along to join the events:
11.45 – gather at Maple Square in Redhill town centre (near Lloyd’s bank)
12.00 – minute’s silence and readings
12.15 – parade to Reigate
13.00 – gather at Reigate ‘OLD’ Town hall for vigil and readings
13.15 – retire to picnic/games in Priory Park
As well as remembering the victims of atomic bombing and wars everywhere, we will be reminding people that nuclear conflict could happen again.
The majority of UK MPs (with one honourable exception being our local MP Crispin Blunt) just voted to renew the Trident nuclear weapons system, meaning the UK will continue to be one of the only nine states determined to keep these weapons of mass destruction. Local campaigners will continue to work for an end to nuclear proliferation and for disarmament.
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