Peace group vigil to mark Hiroshima Day

JOIN Saddleworth Peace Group as they hold their annual vigil to mark Hiroshima Day on Monday, August 6, 2018.

crowds gathered last year

The event will take place in Uppermill Square, outside the Methodist Church, at 7pm and is open to all.

On August 6, 1945 the first atomic bomb was dropped on the Japanese city of Hiroshima and three days later a second bomb was dropped on the city of Nagasaki.

The two cities were largely destroyed, with thousands killed instantly and many thousands more dying later from injuries and illness.

The message of the survivors has been simple, clear and consistent: “Never Again!”

Locally the anniversary has been marked annually for many years with a peace vigil by the Saddleworth Peace Group, giving the community the opportunity to remember and reflect.

Special guests Oldham East and Saddleworth MP Debbie Abrahams and the Mayor of Oldham Cllr Javid Iqbal have both been invited to attend.

A spokesperson for Saddleworth Peace Group said: “The vigil gives people across Saddleworth the chance to come together on this powerful anniversary.

“We hope as many people as possible will come along to what we are sure will be a thought-provoking evening as we look forward with hope to a nuclear free world.”

Saddleworth Peace Group is a local secular group which aims to promote and support peace at community and global level.

For further information email saddleworthpg@yahoo.co.uk or visit the group’s Facebook page.

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