Event Date: 8th August 2016
Location: River Avon, Fisherton Street, Salisbury
This is our annual event to commemorate all those killed and injured by nuclear weapons. It reminds us all of the human dimension of debates about nuclear deterrents.
Candles are floated down the river by the bridge in Fisherton Street in Salisbury. Do come and take part in this moving event. We will start at about 8.45 pm.
Please note that the Salisbury Journal’s article saying it will take place on Saturday is simply wrong! We look forward to seeing you on Monday!
It is estimated that between 90,000 and 146,000 people died from the acute effects of the bombing in the first 2-4 months at Hiroshima. Equivalent figures for deaths at Nagasaki are in the range 39,000 – 80,000. We float about 200 candles down the river, so it is chilling to realise that each candle represents between 645-1130 lost human lives. It is also important to remember that each Trident warhead has eight times the power of the bomb dropped on Hiroshima and that each Trident submarine carries 40 such warheads. We all need to reflect on the path our government is taking.
Here’s a video using footage of life in Hiroshima and Nagasaki before the bombs dropped that makes a powerful point.
Take a look at a video from the 2014 Candle Float and come and join us this year.