Hastings to remember Hiroshima and Nagasaki

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Hastings Against War will be commemorating those who lost their lives in the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki 70 years ago, with a ceremony at the boating lake in Alexandra Park on Thursday. August 6.

An estimated 185,000 people perished as a result of the bombings, dying from the initial blast, from destruction and fires sparked by the explosions, and from radiation sickness in the aftermath of the attacks.

John Enefer, from Hastings Against War, said: “The attacks on the Japaneses cities remain the only occasions when nuclear weapons have been used in war and those gathered in Alexandra Park will hope they will be the last.

“At the event there will be singing by the Las Pasionarias and the Soka Gakkai choirs.

At sunset 70 floating lanterns will be released on the lake, in the traditional Japanese style.

“Everyone is welcome at the free event, which will begin at 8.15pm.”

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