CND mark 70th anniversary of atomic bombings
Rutherglen members of the Campaign For Nuclear Disarmament gathered recently to mark the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
The sombre occasion saw the group lay flowers at the peace tree on Rutherglen Main Street.
Around 40 people were in attendance, including Margaret Ferrier MP.
There was music on the day too, while local resident Kimeko Young also attended.
She was a young girl living in the neighbouring city of Okayama when Hiroshima was devastated.
CND’s Susan Martin said: “There was between 30 and 40 people there which was quite a good turnout. My friend Kimeko was there, she made the paper cranes and hung them on the tree. It’s known in Japan as a sign of good health and good luck.
“We had two musicians there, playing the guitar and the flute - they sang a couple of songs about Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and they also sang We Shall Overcome at the end of the ceremony.”
The group also looked to the future, and Susan believes that Scotland can lead the way in abolishing nuclear weapons.
She said: “The Japanese Prime Minister recently asked not just to remember Hiroshima and Nagasaki, but also for all countries to work towards nuclear disarmament, so that’s what we will work towards - we want Scotland to be the first country to go down in history as doing away with nuclear weapons.
“It’s the only safe way. At the peace tree we read out some of the accounts of what people suffered, and it was really horrendous what they went through. Now we have them on the Clyde, and sometimes going through Rutherglen.
“Hiroshima might be at the other end of the world, but nuclear weapons are a problem on our doorstep.”
David McClermont of the Rutherglen Scottish Socialist Party added: “I’d like to thank Susan Martin and CND for organising this event.
“Nuclear weapons have no place in a civilised world, events like this keep alive the true horror they represent and help ensure they stay silent until we can rid the world of them.”
The dropping of the first atomic bomb on Hiroshima killed 100,000 people instantly and completely destroyed the city.
Many thousands more were killed by radiation sickness and from wounds that would not heal.
In the aftermath, radioactive black rain fell on the city.
A similar situation occurred in Nagasaki only three days later, this time with 40,000 deaths.
The peace tree was planted in Rutherglen in 1987.
Kimeko Young on the day
Ceremony There was a good turnout at the peace tree
Speaker Margaret Ferrier spoke at the ceremony
On Song There was music on the day