Saddleworth Peace Group to hold annual vigil for Hiroshima and Nagasaki

By Joe Ellison

On Wednesday, August 9 Saddleworth Peace Group will hold its annual vigil in remembrance of the atom bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945.

The vigil will take place at Uppermill square, in front of the Methodist Church, starting at 7pm and all are welcome to attend.

The main speaker at the vigil will be the Mayor of Oldham, Councillor Shadab Qumer.

The event will remember those who died and suffered as a result of the atom bombs being dropped on Hiroshima on August 6, 1945 then on Nagasaki on August 9, 1945.

Saddleworth Peace Group and members of the public gathered for last year’s vigil

A spokesperson for Saddleworth Peace Group said: “Our members want to make sure the terrible result of dropping of the atom bombs in 1945 is not forgotten, and to work to prevent this ever happening again.

“We also want to make sure that man’s inhumanity to man as demonstrated in the more recent genocides is not forgotten and pledge ourselves to work to prevent this happening in the future.

“The peace vigil is an opportunity for people across Saddleworth to come together to reflect and remember. We hope that as many people as possible will join us.”

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

The group holds two main events every year, one in August to remember the dropping of the atom bombs and one in January for Holocaust Memorial Day.

For further information about the vigil or about Saddleworth Peace Group please contact


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