Hiroshima remembered

A short service of readings, poetry and song was held at the Ham this week marking the 70th annivers

A short service of readings, poetry and song was held at the Ham this week marking the 70th anniversary of the Hiroshima atomic bomb. Ref shs 6827-32-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn - Credit: Archant

Victims of the atomic bomb attack on Hiroshima were remembered by festival-goers and residents - 70 years to the day since the Japanese city was devastated.

Sid Valley Community Against War organised a special service to remember the horror of the US air force bombing in 1945, which killed up to 180,000 people.

The crowd listened to poetry and readings before joining in with an array of peace songs last Thursday (August 6).

Numbers were up on last year, which organisers put down to the increased media coverage of the landmark anniversary.

The informal remembrance event traditionally takes place during FolkWeek.


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Sharon Howe, a member of Sid Valley Community Against War, said: “It was poignant but positive as well. It is not just a remembrance of the victims but a renewal of our commitment to peace.”

The group spoke out against the renewal of the Trident project and called for a ‘nuclear-free world’.

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