CND ceremony marked Hiroshima bomb horror
Gathering at peace tree
An emotional ceremony was held at the peace tree on Rutherglen Main Street on August 6 to mark the anniversary of the atomic bomb being dropped on Hiroshima.
The event was organised by Susan Martin, a member of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament.
Also there was Kimeko Young, who lived in the neighbouring city of Okayama when the bomb was dropped in August 1945.
Okayama was firebombed during the war and Kimeko and her family only escaped because they stayed near a canal and could take refuge from the blaze around them.
Each year Kimeko makes paper cranes for the tree. Cranes are a symbol of peace in Japanese culture.
Also among those at the ceremony was Margaret Ferrier MP and Clare Haughey MSP.
On August 6, 1945, the nuclear bomb was dropped on Hiroshima killing around 100,000 people. Many more died from radiation exposure over the years.
Three days later, a similar device was dropped on Nagasaki, killing 40,000.
Susan Martin said: “We have to work so this does not happen again.
“Scotland is a target for nuclear weapons because we have them here, just 30 miles away.
“That does not make us safer, it makes us a target. Nagasaki was a military town and became a target.
“Because the electronics are done in England, these weapons travel here on the M74 extension right past our doors.”
The plaque at the peace tree, across from Rutherglen Town Hall, was erected in 1994.
Tribute Susan Martin and Kimeko Young (fifth and fourth from right), along with other members of CND, the SNP and Peace and Justice at the Rutherglen peace tree