Exeter Friends in Hiroshima peace vigil

Event marks seventy-five year anniversary of nuclear bombing

Exeter Quakers held a socially distanced peace vigil exactly seventy-five years after the second atomic bomb was dropped on the Japanese city of Nagasaki.

The event on 9 August was introduced by Exeter Quaker Laura Conyngham who recalled her visit to Hiroshima and Nagasaki, saying: ‘While I was at the tomb, a group of citizens asked me to lay a bouquet for a photograph to illustrate a guidebook for tourists. I felt utterly guilty.’

The event took place in front of the Japanese cherry tree planted in February 2005 to mark Exeter’s pledge to work for a nuclear-free world. Ian Martin from the Meeting said that the declaration fifteen years ago was part of a joint commitment made by ‘mayors of towns and cities around the world, including ninety in the UK’.

The declaration was started by an organisation based in Hiroshima which said: ‘We pledge to make every effort to create an inter-city solidarity, transcending national boundaries and ideological differences, in order to achieve the total abolition of nuclear weapons and avert the recurrence of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki tragedies.’

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