Hiroshima / Nagasaki 70th Anniversary

This year we mark 70 years since the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki with events across the region.

Hiroshima newspaper

Detroit times on day after bombing of Hiroshima.

Today, over 16,000 nuclear weapons continue to pose an intolerable threat to all humanity.

Heightened tensions mean the danger of nuclear war is growing.

Whether a nuclear holocaust is initiated by accident, miscalculation or madness, the resulting radioactive cloud will know no boundaries. All the nuclear weapons states are in the process of upgrading and renewing their nuclear bomb arsenals. The human cost of this is astronomical to our health, environment, ethics and democracy, to our prospects for global peace and to our confidence in human survival. This is the cost to us all.

5th of August

Hull – Showing of Kenichi Watanabe’s brilliant film ‘The black sun of Hiroshima’ – Artlink, Centre for Community Arts, 87 Princes Avenue, Hull, HU5 3QP, at 7.30 pm. There will be a short introduction to the film, which lasts an hour and a half, and time at the end for people to share their thoughts.
Contact: Susie Greaves – peyrouteau@gmail.com>

Hiroshima Day – 6th of August

Bradford: Meet in Norfolk Gardens (behind the town hall) Bradford at 12.30pm. The Lord Mayor of Bradford will read the declaration from the Mayor of Hiroshima, followed by readings and other contributions. Followed by a reception at Bradford Peace Museum at 1.30pm. All Welcome.
Contact: Matt Fawcett 01274 730 795 / matt@yorkshirecnd.org.uk

Keighley: 8am–9am – Keighley Town Hall, Vigil for quiet reflection with words and song. Contact: Sylvia Boyes 07583754803

York – 8pm (or 8.30pm tbc) ceremony in front of St Michael le Belfry (next to York Minster). Contact denise@yorkshirecnd.org.uk

8th August
Rotherham – Saturday 8th August 11am – 1pm, Hiroshima/Nagasaki commemoration stall. Beneath Town Clock, outside new Tesco. Volunteers welcome, – jon_smith@blueyonder.co.uk

Nagasaki Day – 9th of August

Leeds: 9 August at 10:30–11:30 in Park Square, LS1 2NU Leeds – There will be speeches, readings along with a local choir. – Facebook event.

Sheffield: Peace Picnic – 1pm-4pm – Japanese Walled garden in Meersbrook Park – Brook Road entrance. Local bands and performers. Speakers including Bruce Kent and the Deputy Lord Mayor of Sheffield. Bring your own picnic. Contact: Kath Cripps: 0114 268 0726 / crippskath@gmail.com

Calder Valley: 3pm by the pack horse bridge in Hebden Bridge – Poetry, Readings, Reflection, Song. Contact:  cath@yorkshirecnd.org.uk