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Peace activists enjoy pleasant picnic
Published on 13/08/2012

Sheffield was the venue of a peace picnic held for the 67th anniversary of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings yesterday (August 12th).

The Meersbrook Park Walled Garden saw politicians, activists and artists come together to remember those killed in 1945 through speeches, music and recitals in the Japanese garden at the site, the Postcode Gazette reports.

Attendees sat on the grass, plastic chairs and park benches for the communal feast afterwards - which required guests to bring their own picnic hampers to share with others - with children learning how to make origami cranes and adults enjoying live folk by Roy Bailey as they did so.

Organised by the Sheffield Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament and volunteer group the Meersbrook Park Users Trust, the picnic also saw a message sent by Nagasaki mayor Tomihisa Taue read out to all in attendance.

He said: "On behalf of the citizens of Nagasaki city, I would like to send a message of peace to the peace picnic being held in Sheffield," adding that Nagasaki has long campaigned to abolish nuclear weapons to prevent further atomic bombings.

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