Campaigners gather to remember Hiroshima
Members of Rutherglen and Cambuslang CND and other anti-nuclear campaigners gathered at the peace tree in Rutherglen Main street on Sunday to mark the 72nd anniversary of the atomic bomb being dropped on Hiroshima.
The annual event is arranged by Susan Martin, Scottish CND representative for the Rutherglen and Cambuslang area.
Once again the ceremony was attended by Kimiko Young, who lived in the neighbouring city of Okayama when the bomb was dropped in August 1945.
Kimiko made 300 origami paper cranes, one to represent each 100 people who died, of the estimated 300,000 deaths, either in the initial blast or in the days and years after from injuries or radiation poisoning.
Among the other attendees were former MP for Rutherglen, Margaret Ferrier and former councillor for Rutherglen North and Central ward Gordon Clark.
Ms Ferrier said: “The United Nations recently held a successful conference in New York to encourage countries to sign up to a treaty to prohibit nuclear weapons leading to their elimination.
“Sadly the UK Government did not send a representative, however Scottish civil society was well represented.
“Having heard first-hand accounts of events on that fateful day in Hiroshima, I and others in the antinuclear movement will continue to highlight the moral case for ridding our country of weapons of mass destruction.”
Gordon Clark added: “At a time when so many are having to rely on food banks to survive it seems ludicrous for Westminster to agree to spend tens of billions of pounds on renewing Trident.
“This money would be better used helping people who are suffering from Westminster austerity and in boosting our conventional forces to keep our nation’s points of entry safe from terrorist intrusion and the threats they pose.”
Commemoration CND campaigners at Rutherglen peace tree on the 72nd anniversary of Hiroshima