On the 22nd of September, the Aberdeen University’s Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) went to a peace rally in support of Nuclear Disarmament. It was our first rally and we were all really excited to see how the day would unfold. It was a day filled with travel, fun and amazing stories from amazing people. We took so many pictures that we decided to share some of them here!
Before walking to the North Gate of the Faslane Naval Base, just outside Helensburgh, we waited outside the Peace Camp which was established in 1982 and continuously fights for peace and the destruction of nuclear weapons. Here we have Mauragh and Jo modelling our signs that we spent way too much time on.
These blue signs were the official signs of the rally, and almost every other person had one of them and when the sun hit them, they shone like bright beacons.
Iona looking very proud of her sign that took almost 3 hours of painstaking colouring in!
Once we had finished the march there were a number of speakers that addressed the crowd of 600 people. In this picture, anti-nuclear protesters from America reciting a poem strongly protesting the need for Nuclear weapons. Mauragh and Piper held one of the more creative signs that were at the rally.
Throughout the rally, paper cranes were being hung on the fence surrounding the base, however it wasn’t until we were waiting for our bus back to Aberdeen did we notice this colourful peace sign made of the cranes.
This rally truly was for everyone, there were speakers from Scotland, Europe, America, and marchers from even further afield. Similarly, the march highlighted that everyone, from all creeds and walks of life had a reason to be disgusted at the use of Nuclear weapons across the globe.
If you want to find more about the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament check out these links:
http://www.banthebomb.org/ (Scottish CND)
https://www.icanw.org/ (International Campaign Against Nuclear Weapons)
All images are Iona’s own.