Hiroshima Day – 6 August

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.

If you have any questions, contact reigateandredhillcnd@hotmail.co.uk

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2 Comments

  1. Stephen Harris
    Posted August 3, 2016 at 10:01 pm | Permalink

    I disagree that there is anything honourable in Crispin Blunt MP’s decision to vote against renewing Trident. His objection to Trident is the cost, there is nothing altruistic in his position. In his own words: “I am not a unilateralist and I believe we can affordably remain a nuclear power.”

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