CND gath­er­ings for global peace

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More than 50 peo­ple gath­ered on the green in Lam­lash, and later at the Lam­lash Church hall, to com­mem­o­rate Hiroshima Day and re­mem­ber the many peo­ple who died there, and in Na­gasaki, on Au­gust 6 and 9, 1945.

Or­gan­ised by the thriv­ing Ar­ran CND group, the event, on Sun­day Au­gust 5, be­gan with the ring­ing of the church bells, an ad­dress by the Rev­erend Lily McKin­non, and a two-minute si­lence dur­ing which the hor­rors of nu­clear war­fare were re­mem­bered.

Af­ter­wards in the church hall, those who at­tended heard in­spi­ra­tional speeches from lo­cal MP Pa­tri­cia Gib­son, Janet Fen­ton from Scot­tish CND who spoke about the suc­cess of the In­ter­na­tional Cam­paign to Abol­ish Nu­clear Weapons (ICAN), whose mem­bers were this year awarded the No­bel Peace Prize, and David Macken­zie of Nuke Watch, an or­gan­i­sa­tion which mon­i­tors the trans­port of nu­clear ma­te­rial around Scot­land and the UK.

The af­ter­noon fin­ished with re­fresh­ments and two other short pre­sen­ta­tions. One de­scribed the origami peace cranes which CND mem­bers have been mak­ing as their con­tri­bu­tion to the 150,000 be­ing made across Scot­land to rep­re­sent all those who died as a re­sult of the bomb­ings.

The other en­cour­aged those present to write mes­sages of peace and hope for the peace tree placed in the church hall.

The mes­sage of the day was hope­ful, be­liev­ing moves such as the ICAN treaty of­fer a chance for na­tions to move to­wards a nu­clear weapons-free fu­ture.

On Hiroshima Day it­self, a small group of CND mem­bers gath­ered at the peace tree in Whit­ing Bay, planted on Hiroshima Day back in 1987. The plaque which sits at the foot of the beau­ti­ful rowan tree says: ‘In hope of a more peace­ful fu­ture’.

Ar­ran CND mem­bers con­tinue to work to­wards this end and if you would like to join them, please go to the Scot­tish CND web­site where you will also find de­tails of the In­ter­na­tional Rally be­ing held at Faslane on Septem­ber 22.

More than 50 peo­ple lis­ten to the Rev Lily McKin­non on Lam­lash green.

MP Pa­tri­cia Gib­son with the other speak­ers in Lam­lash Church hall.

A small group of CHD mem­bers at Whit­ing Bay peace tree.

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