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Peace demo walk to nuclear site

Aldermaston Atomic Weapons Establishment
AWE is the headquarters of Britain's nuclear development programme

About 30 anti-nuclear campaigners have walked from Reading to Berkshire's Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE).

The 13-mile (21km) "peace pilgrimage" was organised by Reading Peace Group to mark the anniversaries of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

Campaigners left the Civic Centre at 0900 BST and held a multi-faith service outside AWE in the afternoon.

Local church groups were urged to take part to support global peace and disarmament initiatives.

The Japanese towns of Hiroshima and Nagasaki were hit on 6 and 9 August respectively as WWII came to an end in 1945.

Ella Marsh, of Reading Peace Group said: "Senior figures from all the main political parties are now keen to see disarmament happen.

"And a recent opinion poll shows that a clear majority of the British public do not think the country should replace its Trident nuclear weapon system.

"AWE Aldermaston is where British nuclear weapons are made, but it also has an important role to play in decommissioning nuclear weapons to make them safe."

The walk was launched by the Mayor of Reading, Councillor Fred Pugh.

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