Venue for Sheffield's Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings commemoration event moved

Members of Sheffield CND at a previous Peace Picnic.
Members of Sheffield CND at a previous Peace Picnic.
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Peace campaigners in Sheffield have changed the venue for an event to commemorate the anniversary of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in the hope it will allow more people to pay their respects.

Sheffield's branch of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament usually holds a memorial picnic to mark Hiroshima Day every year in the Japanese Garden in Meersbrook Park.

But after organisers said there had been comments that the event 'deserved a wider audience' and have decided to hold this year's event in the Peace Gardens on Saturday, August 4.

A message will be read from the current Mayor of Hiroshima Kazumi Matsui and Lord Mayor of Sheffield Magid Magid will sign the international Mayors for Peace Declaration.

The event has been organised by Sheffield CND and Sheffield Creative Action for Peace (SCRAP) and will run from 12.30pm until 1.30pm.

Val Johnson, of SCRAP, said: "Please come and join this moving ceremony commemorating the lives lost because of the dropping of these bombs 72 years ago."

During the final stage of Second World War, the United States detonated two nuclear weapons over the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki on August 6 and 9, 1945, respectively.

The two bombings killed at least 129,000 people, most of whom were civilians. They remain the only use of nuclear weapons in the history of warfare.