The Saddleworth Peace Group is organising an event to mark Hiroshima Day to take place today, Sunday 5th August 2012. The group has issued an open invitation to everyone in the local community to come along and be part of the commemoration.
The event will begin with a walk from Delph up to Heights Church with walkers gathering outside The Swan in Delph at 2.00pm. Anyone with restricted mobility can drive to the Heights. The afternoon will continue at Heights from 3.00pm with music, speakers and readings to remember the dropping of the atomic bomb on the Japanese city in August 1945.
Taking part in the event will be: Dr Helena Tinker, speaking about her experiences of visiting Hiroshima; The Rt Revd Dr Rupert Hoare, former Bishop of Dudley and Dean of Liverpool; and local MP for Oldham East and Saddleworth Debbie Abrahams.
Refreshments will be available and the Royal Oak at Heights will remain open for the afternoon.
Hiroshima Day is commemorated across the UK and the world. It is estimated that in Hiroshima between 80,000 and 140,000 people were killed instantly and a further 100,000 seriously injured. A spokesperson for the Saddleworth Peace Group said: “We have marked the day with a peace walk for many years. We visited the Heights last year, which proved a fitting venue to give people across Saddleworth the chance to come together to reflect and remember. We do hope that as many people as possible will come along to what we are sure will be a thought-provoking and sensitive afternoon.”
For further information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org and/or visit the group’s Facebook page.