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Hiroshima & Nagasaki 70 years

Events to mark the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

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In the Ota River, Hiroshima. Image: Emily Johns

31 July – 1 August

WALLASEY CH45 5DX. EXHIB
Hiroshima/Nagasaki exhibition in Earlston Library, Earlston Rd.

3 – 31 August

LIVERPOOL L3 8EW. EXHIB
‘Hiroshima and Nagasaki 70 years on’. Exhibition in Central Liverpool Library, William Brown St. More info: www.mcnd.org.uk

Saturday 1 August

BROMLEY BR1 1HA. VIGIL
Hiroshima Day Vigil with leafleting, candles, shadows, cranes. 12noon – 3pm. Outside the Churchill Theatre. Bromley and Beckenham CND. More info:
anncgarrett@yahoo.com

WALLASEY CH45 5DX. FILM
Days that shook the World – Hiroshima. 2pm. Earlston Library, Earlston Rd. More info: Barbara 638 3967; Janet 677 1133.

Wednesday 5 August

SADDLEWORTH. STALL
Hiroshima commemoration. 10am – 3pm. Peace stall at Uppermill Market. Organised by Saddleworth Peace Group.

Thursday 6 August

CHESTER CH1 1SD. MEMORIAL
Hiroshima and Nagasaki Flower Memorial. Readings, the dropping of white flowers on the river from the suspension bridge and a final reading at the Peace Tree on the south bank. 8pm. The Groves by the bandstand. More info: Chester CND, chestercnd@gmail.com

COVENTRY CV1 5AB. SERVICE
Hiroshima Day service. 6.30pm. Chapel of Unity, Coventry Cathedral.

EDINBURGH. BOATS/VIGIL
12noon: floating peace boats on the pond outside the Scottish parliament. 6pm–7pm: vigil at the Mound, Princes Street. (Some people are also planning to fast from 6 – 9 August.) More info: Edinburgh CND, edinburghcnd@yahoo.com

GLOSSOP. VIGIL
8am – 9am. High Street. Organised by Glossop Peace Group.

HASTINGS. BOATS
8.15pm. Alexandra Park boating pond

HEREFORD. MEMORIAL
12noon. Hereford Cemetery, by the cherry tree.

IRVINE. VIGIL
5.30pm – 6.30pm. Bridgegate House. More info: Ayrshire CND, 07826 127 759.

KILMARNOCK. VIGIL
4pm – 5pm. Cross. More info: Ayrshire CND, 07826 127 759.

KINGSTON UPON THAMES. BOATS
Bring white flowers, night lights and boats (bio-degradable ones such as half-grapefruit skins are good) to float on the Thames. 8.30pm. Canbury Gardens. More info: 020 8399 2547; rosemaryadd@aol.com

LITTLEBOROUGH. LANTERN
8pm. The jetty, Hollingworth Lake. Organised by Rochdale & Littleborough Peace Group.

LIVERPOOL. MEMORIAL
11am. Wreath-laying in St John’s Garden (behind St George’s Hall) by the lord mayor. Followed by silent procession, wearing white to the Liverpool Friends Meeting House Peace Garden (School Lane).

LIVERPOOL L3 5TQ. STALL
10am – 3.30pm. Liverpool Pax Christi stall and display at the Metropolitan Cathedral Mount Pleasant.

LONDON SW1A 2HU. WALK
8am: A Walk for Peace links four separate commemorative events. Starts 8am in Whitehall Gardens, and finishes at Friends House for the Interfaith Service. More info: Christian CND, 020 7700 4200, christians@cnduk.org

LONDON SW1P 1QW. PRAYERS
10.30am & 3.30pm: Hiroshima Day prayers outside Westminster Cathedral, 42 Francis St. More info: Pax Christi, www.paxchristi.org.uk

LONDON WC1H 9EZ. MEMORIAL
12 noon: Annual Hiroshima Day ceremony with Bruce Kent, the mayor of Camden, and others. Participants are invited to bring flowers to lay beneath the tree during the ceremony. Tavistock Square. More info: David Polden, London Region CND, 020 7607 2302, www.londoncnd.org.uk

LONDON NW1 2BJ. SERVICE
2.30pm–3.30pm: An interfaith service of commemoration and commitment for a nuclear-free world on the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Followed by refreshments, exhibitions and workshops. Organised by Quaker Peace & Social Witness. Large Meeting House, Friends House, 173 Euston Rd. To reserve a place at the 2.30pm service, please contact Kristin Skarsholt, 020 7663 1121, or complete the online form:
forms.quaker.org.uk/hiroshima/

LONDON NW1 2BJ. MTGs
4pm–5:30pm: Hiroshima-related workshops and stalls, including PN editor Milan Rai on ‘Nuclear Bullying and the Global South’. Organised by Quaker Peace & Social Witness. Friends House, 173 Euston Rd.

LONDON SW1Y 4LR. DEMO
4pm–6pm: Muriel Lesters (affinity group of Trident Ploughshares) draw attention to Lockheed Martin’s involvement in the manufacture of more nuclear weapons. 15 Lower Regents St.

LONDON NW1 2BJ. FILM
6pm: CND screening of The War Game, produced and then banned by the BBC in 1965. With Michael Bradsell, who edited the film in 1965. Large Meeting House, Friends House, 173 Euston Rd. More info: CND, www.tinyurl.com/peacenews1654

MANCHESTER M13 9PL. MTG
Organised by Manchester City Council, Lead City of the Mayors for Peace; in association with Manchester University, Hulme Community Garden Centre, and local Manchester peace, social justice and faith groups. 6.15pm – 7.30pm. Manchester Museum, Oxford Rd.

MEIFOD, Nr NEWTOWN. SERVICE
11am. Churches Together (CYTUN) tent, Eisteddfod Field (Y Maes). More info: 01656 768 910; 07720 087 132

MILTON KEYNES. MEMORIALS
8.15am: MK Rose Campbell Park. 7.30pm: Peace Pagoda, Willen Lake North. More info: Milton Keynes P&J Network, www.mkpeaceandjustice.org.uk

OXFORD OX1 1LQ. MEMORIAL
11am. Peace Plaque, Bonn Square. More info: Oxford CND, 01865 248 357

READING. VIGIL
6pm–7 pm. Queen Victoria Statue, outside Old Town Hall, Friar St. Organised by Reading Peace Group.

SADDLEWORTH. MEMORIAL
7pm. George V playing field, Uppermill. Organised by Saddleworth Peace Group.

SALISBURY SP1 2ND. LANTERN
8.45pm. Candle Float in memory of all victims of nuclear weapons on the River Avon from Fisherton Bridge to Crane Street Bridge. Organised by Salisbury CND 01722 321 865.

SWINTON. MEMORIAL
12noon. Cenotaph, nr Swinton Civic Centre. Organised by Salford CND.

WIMBLEDON. LANTERN
8.30pm. Candle-floating on Rushmere Pond, Wimbledon Common (near war memorial). More info: Joanna 020 8543 0362; info@wdc-cnd.org.uk

6 – 9 August

LONDON SW1A 2HU. FAST
A four-day fast from Hiroshima Day to Nagasaki Day in Whitehall Gardens, next to the ministry of defence.

  • Thursday 8.15am: commemoration and vigil at the time of dropping of Hiroshima bomb.
  • Thursday, Friday and Saturday 7pm onwards: all-night vigils.
  • Friday: peaceful protest outside parliament & Skype meetings with co-fasters across Europe.
  • Saturday: peaceful protest outside Downing Street & Skype meetings with co-fasters across Europe.
  • Sunday 11am: Nagasaki Lament in Whitehall Gardens.
  • Sunday 12noon: join the Pax Christi stall for prayers and vigil in the Piazza at Westminster Cathedral and then from there, join the 7pm walk to Battersea Peace Pagoda for Commemoration Ceremony.

More info: Marc Morgan, 07563 725 829; Angie Zelter 07456 588 943; www.tinyurl.com/peacenews1655

6 – 21 August

EDINBURGH EH1 3NT. EXHIB
‘Nuclear Weapons And Popular Culture Over The Last 70 Years’ exhibition, part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Organised by WMD Awareness. Gayfield Centre, 11 Gayfield Square. More info: c.a.naughton15@gmail.com

Friday 7 August

TAVISTOCK. STALL
11am–1pm. Tavistock Peace Action Group annual stall Bedford Square.

WIMBLEDON SW19 7ND. VIGIL
6pm–7pm. With sections of The Peace Ribbon. St Marks Place (near Wimbledon Library). More info: Joanna 020 8543 0362;
info@wdc-cnd.org.uk

Saturday 8 August

BIRMINGHAM B3 2QB. MEMORIAL
11am–12noon. Precinct of St Philip’s Cathedral. More info: West Midlands CND, 07804 874 115; www.wmcnd.org.uk

BOLTON. MEMORIAL
12noon: leafleting, Fred Dibnah statue, Town Hall Square. 12.30pm: silent vigil at war memorial, Bolton Town Centre. Organised by Bolton CND/STWC.

CHICHESTER. STALL
Chichester City Office, North St. 10.30am–1.30pm. More info: vida.henning@ntlworld.com

FINCHLEY N3 1LY. MEMORIAL
11am. Cherry tree, Victoria Park, Ballards Lane. More info: Charles Wicksteed, finchley@traknat.org.uk

SEND GU23 7EN. LANTERNS
From 7pm (if you wish to have a meal), the New Inn. At dusk, we will float grapefruit shells (with candles in) down the Wey Navigation Canal. More info: Woking Action for Peace, Mary 01483 768 228; mary.holdstock@ntlworld.com

Sunday 9 August

WORLDWIDE. Nagasaki Day.

AYR. VIGIL
1pm–2pm: Café Nero, High St. More info: Ayrshire CND, Arthur West, 07826 127 759.

CRAWLEY RH10 5PQ. MEMORIAL/EXHIB
‘Let The Children Speak’. 10.30am–11.30am. Under the Ginkgo Tree by ‘Smith & Western’, Tilgate Park. Exhibition of children’s pictures depicting war. More info: richardsy5@aol.com

LIVERPOOL L3 5TQ. STALL
10am–3.30pm. Liverpool Pax Christi stall and display. Metropolitan Cathedral, Mount Pleasant.

LEEDS LS1 2ND. MEMORIAL
10.45am–11.45am. Readings, laying of wreath, silence. Park Square. More info: Leeds City Peacelink Group, 0113 279 0336;
cllr.david.blackburn@leeds.gov.uk

LONDON SW1P 2EF. SERVICE
Commemoration for Franz Jägerstätter (followed by the interfaith peace walk to Battersea Park). 6.30pm. Sacred Heart Chapel, Horseferry Road. More info: Pax Christi, 0208 203 4884; www.paxchristi.org.uk

LONDON SW1P 1QW. STALL/PRAYERS
Pax Christi stall. 1.30pm–5pm. Westminster Cathedral Piazza. Prayers at 3.30.pm. More info: Pax Christi, 0208 203 4884;
www.paxchristi.org.uk

LONDON. WALK/LANTERNS
Peace walk from Westminster Cathedral SW1P 1QW to the London Peace Pagoda, Battersea Park SW11 4NJ, followed by the Floating Lantern Ceremony at Sunset. More info: Nipponzan Myohoji, 020 7228 9620.

MANCHESTER. PICNIC
2pm. Peace Picnic, Peace Tree, Garden Nursery, Heaton Park. Organised by Prestwich & Whitefield CND.

READING. VIGIL
6pm–7pm. Queen Victoria Statue, outside Old Town Hall, Friar St. Organised by Reading Peace Group.

SHEFFIELD. PICNIC
With the deputy lord mayor and Bruce Kent. Bring food to share. 1pm. Japanese Walled Garden, Meersbrook Park. More info: Sheffield CND & The Meersbrook Garden Trust, crippskath@gmail.com

Topics: Nuclear Weapons