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When we say ‘Never Again’, we mean it

“We must never forget – and pledge never again to inflict such mass destruction. That should start with the UK scrapping plans to replace and upgrade Trident, and instead sign the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.”
Caroline Lucas MP.


On Sunday 9th August, Glastonbury’s Mayor, Cllr. Jon Cousins and Deputy Mayor, Cllr. Sue Barnet, observed The Silent Minute at 11:02 a.m. to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Nagasaki atomic bomb.

A member of the international movement Mayors For Peace, Cllr. Cousins read a message from Mayor Taue of Nagasaki:

“Exactly 75 years have passed since the day our city was assaulted by a nuclear bomb. Despite the passing of three quarters of a century, we are still living in world where nuclear weapons exist.
I appeal to the leaders of countries around the world.  Please aim to break down the growing climate of distrust and instead build trust through dialogue… At this very time, please choose solidarity over division. At the NPT Review Conference, which is scheduled for next year, I ask that you show a workable way towards nuclear disarmament.”

“ ‘Only 100 seconds remain.’ In order to symbolize this state of crisis, the ‘Doomsday Clock’, an indicator of the time left until the earth’s extinction, was set at its shortest time ever this year.”

The observation took place at Glastonbury’s Peace Pole which was planted on 26th January 2013 by the Pilgrim Reception Centre supported by Uma Uchima, from the World Peace Prayer Society and Tatomir Ion-Marius, a Romanian Peace Ambassador and international peace worker.

Glastonbury’s Peace Pole has “May Peace Prevail on Earth” written on it in eight languages and also a Braille plate. Located on the grass verge at the front of St Dunstan’s car park in the centre of the town, it ensures visitors and residents all have the opportunity to see and feel the message.

Vigil For Nagasaki

Lest We Forget…
As a member of the international movement ‘Mayors For Peace’, Glastonbury’s Green Mayor, Cllr. Jon Cousins invited the community to join him in a vigil at Glastonbury’s Peace Pole at 6.30 pm on 9th August to remember Nagasaki.

Cllr Cousins read a message from the Mayor of Nagasaki, which was followed by a Silent Minute.

Cllr. Jon Cousins at Glastonbury Peace Pole.

Cllr. Jon Cousins at Glastonbury Peace Pole.

At 6.50 pm, he welcomed all those present to accompany him to the Town Hall, where at 7.02 pm a Silent Minute took place in the Council Chamber at the start of the August meeting of Glastonbury Town Council.

Following the Silent Minute, a number of those present addressed the Town Council about Nagasaki, the horror of nuclear war, their opposition to Trident, and the positive message of Mayors For Peace.

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Nagasaki following

Nagasaki following the atomic bomb attack, 9th August 1945

On 9th August 1945, Nagasaki was the target of the world’s second atomic bomb attack at 11.02 am, when the north of the city was destroyed and an estimated 40,000 people were killed by the bomb nicknamed ‘Fat Man’.

According to statistics found within Nagasaki Peace Park, the death toll from the atomic bombing totalled 73,884, as well as another 74,909 injured, and another several hundred thousand diseased and dying due to fallout and other illness caused by radiation.

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