CND cer­e­mony marked Hiroshima bomb hor­ror

Gath­er­ing at peace tree

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Dou­glas Dickie

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

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