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Scotland Marks Hiroshima Anniversary

ImageEvents will be held in eleven towns and cities across Scotland to mark the anniversary of the destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki by atomic bombs in August 1945. 

Hiroshima / Nagasaki anniversary events in Scotland 2009

Glasgow
Peace Tree Kelvingrove Park (opposite Kelvin Hall). 7.30 pm Thursday 6 August

Speakers Pauline McNeill MSP (Labour), Bill Kidd MSP (SNP), Green Party speaker
Followed by songs and floating peace cranes in the River Kelvin. 

Edinburgh

The Mound, 6 pm Thursday 6 August;

Music, poems, candles and banners

Aberdeen

Fisherman's Hut, River Dee, 9 pm Thursday 6 August.

(by Riverside Drive between Bridge of Dee and Duthie Park)  Release of 200 peace lanterns on the River Dee to commemorate the 200,000 men, women and children who died in the nuclear attack. Short contributions from representatives of student organisations, trade unions, faith groups and political leaders. This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it  

Dundee

Assemble at bottom of the Law 8.15 for 8.30 pm Thursday 6 August

Speakers: John McAllion, Shiona Baird, Lesley Barnett (Church of Scotland), SNP speaker
Chair: Mike Arnott, Chair of Dundee TUC; Music 

Also at 11.01 am on Sunday 9 August - service on top of Dundee Law led by Rev Erik Cramb.

 Stirling

Peace Garden, Pullar Memorial Park, Bridge of Allan, 7.30 pm Thursday 6 August

Poetry, reflections and laying a wreath. 

Helensburgh

Rhu Spit, 9 pm Thursday 6 August

Floating peace lanterns in the Gareloch.

Kilmarnock

Street Stall - Kilmarnock Cross 11 am Thursday 6 August 

Peace Walk - Country Park 2pm Sunday 9 August Meet at main car park

Irvine

Bridgegate 12 noon Thursday 6 August   Street Stall

Paisley

Peace Garden, Barshaw Park, 7.30 pm Thursday 6 August

Speaker Councillor Derek Mackay, leader Renfrewshire Council

Rutherglen

Peace Rally at War Memorial, corner of Main St/Mil St Rutherglen at 11 am, Saturday 8 August,

and later at the Peace Tree opposite the Town Hall and adjacent to St Columbkilles Church where a wreath will be laid, dedicated to all civilians killed in conflict in Hiroshima, Nagasaki, Iraq and Afghanistan.

Inverness

Bught Park Inverness  1:00pm - 2:00pm Saturday 8 August .

To commemorate the devastating nuclear bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, paper boats and birds (cranes) will be launched on the River Ness on Saturday 8th August.Please come along - from 1 pm till 2 pm there will be a 'bring and share' picnic. At 2 o'clock David Thompson MSP, will say a few words in remembrance of these terrible events. Following this the paper boats and cranes will be launched in the river. The launch will take place at the stony beach at the corner of Bught Park, beside the shinty pitches and the football field.

 

 

Alan Mackinnon, Chair of the Scottish Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (Scottish CND) said:

 

 “It is 64 years since the first atomic bombs were dropped on the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The effects were truly devastating in terms of loss of life and longterm degradation of the environment. Today there are tens of thousands of such bombs, most with several times the destructive power of the first A-bombs.  

“With the election of Barack Obama as US president we now have a unique opportunity to move towards a nuclear-free world. The UK government can make a positive contribution to that process and to Britain's economic crisis by cancelling the Trident replacement programme. Over the next few days people will come together in different parts of Scotland to say 'Hiroshima -Never Again'.”