KEIGHLEY people were joined by the town mayor for a vigil marking the anniversary of the dropping of atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

The event was held in Keighley’s Town Hall Square on Monday (Aug 6) and was organised by Keighley Peace, Justice and the Environment Network. (KPJEN)

It was staged to remember not only the horror of the bombing itself, but to stress campaigners’ commitment to continuing to work towards banning nuclear weapons.

At the Keighley vigil town mayor Councillor Fulzar Ahmed read a message from the mayor of Hiroshima. This included an appeal from a survivor of the atomic bomb blasts, calling on humanity to never allow such a tragedy to happen again.

A KPJEN spokesman said:” We take hope from the signing of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons Treaty, banning the development and deployment of nuclear weapons, which has been signed by 59 countries.

“The British government has not yet signed, and we must continue to encourage this government to sign the treaty.”