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The 70th Anniversary of Hiroshima

At dusk on 6th August 2015, Sutton for Peace and Justice will remember the victims of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bombs and show our determination to ensure that such barbarity is never repeated, by launching floating lights on the water of Carshalton Ponds.

We remember with deep sorrow the 6th August, 1945, when the United States dropped nuclear bombs on Hiroshima and, three days later, on Nagasaki. The bombs and consequent firestorms raised temperatures to 4000 degrees C, obliterating the cities and killing everything within one kilometre – 150,000 to 246,000 people in total. Those closest to the explosion died instantly, their bodies turned to black char, and within minutes 9 out of 10 people half a mile or less from ground zero were dead. By 1950 over 340,000 had died, more than half the cities’ populations, and generations have been poisoned by radiation.

We reaffirm that we must do all we can to ensure nuclear weapons are not used again. The British Government should honour its signing of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, under which the UK has no right to possess nuclear weapons, but is legally bound to disarm.

We urge the UK government to scrap its Trident nuclear weapons system, and not to waste money that would be better used for peaceful purposes such as hospitals, schools and affordable homes.

The commemoration will take place at the War Memorial, Carshalton Ponds, Honeywood Walk, Carshalton, SM5 2QJ, at 8.30pm on Thursday 6 August. You are welcome to join us – we will be meeting by Honeywood from 8pm. If you will be attending please let us know by email to sutton4peace@yahoo.co.uk or text to 07740 594496. Please note that the road adjacent to the war memorial is being dug up. If coming by car please park in the High Street car park – free after 7pm.

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