A-bomb victims remembered in Sheffield

Lord Mayor, Coun Vickie Priestley, attended CND events to mark anniversary of Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings.

Lord Mayor, Coun Vickie Priestley, attended CND events to mark anniversary of Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings.

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Anti-nuclear campaigners have held events in Sheffield to mark the anniversary of the atomic bombings of Japan.

It is now 68 years since Hiroshima and Nagasaki were attacked, leading to the surrender of Japan and the end of World War Two.

Events in Sheffield included a demonstration outside Sheffield Town Hall and Coun Vickie Priestley, Lord Mayor of the city, signing a ‘Mayors For Peace’ declaration.

A message was read from the presentMayor of Hiroshima. There was also a peace picnic in the Japanese Garden of Meersbrook Park Community Walled Garden, attended by Bruce Kent, former chairman of the national Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament.

Mr Kent called for the Government to abandon its renewal of Britain’s Trident nuclear deterrent and spend the money on public services.

The picnic event included folk music and the chance to make origami paper planes, Japanese-style.

Jon Wallis, of Sheffield CND, said: “The bombing of the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945 led to the death of more than 220,000 people within the year.

“The vast majority of these were civilians, including children.

“With the long-term effects of radiation, the death toll rose to 350,000 within five years.”

In his declaration, Matsui Kazumi, Mayor of Hiroshima, said: “Determined never to let the atomic bombing fade from memory, we intend to share with ever more people the desire for a nuclear weapon-free world.”