Events will be held across the region to mark the anniversary of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. This year, we feel it particularly important given recent discussions of particularly in the US of developing new ‘low-yield’ nuclear weapons, considered to be ‘more usable’. The bombs dropped on both Japanese cities causing such unimaginable destruction and death to the civilian population would be considered ‘low-yield’ by today’s standards. There is no such thing as a ‘usable’ nuclear device, any even single use would be a war crime. We say ‘Never Again’ support the UN Prohibition Treaty on Nuclear Weapons for an end to all weapons of mass destruction across the globe.
Sheffield – Saturday 4th August – 12.30-1.30pm – Sheffield Peace Gardens – There will be a short remembrance ceremony including songs by Sheffield’s Choir for Peace and messages from the Mayors of Nagasaki and Hiroshima. Sheffield’s Lord Mayor, Magic Magid, will sign the International Mayors for Peace Declaration committing Sheffield to working for a future free of nuclear weapons. More info
Keighley – Monday 6th August – 8.00-9.00am – Keighley Town Square – Keighley Peace, Justice and Environment will be organising a vigil with the Lord Mayor of Keighley to remember Hiroshima and also celebrate the Hope brought by the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons for an end to all Weapons of Mass Destruction. Poster (pdf)
Bradford – Monday 6th August – 12.00-1.00pm – Norfolk Gardens (followed by refreshments at Peace Museum, Kirkgate 1pm-3pm) – The Lord Mayor of Bradford will read the Peace Declaration by his counterpart in Hiroshima, followed by contributions from Bradfordians of many faiths and none. More info
Leeds – Thursday 9th – 10.30-11.40am – Park Square, Leeds – Accompanied by Leeds People’s Choir, contributions from Civic Leaders and Prof. Dave Webb, chair of CND.