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Lancaster peace scarf at anti-war demo

Quakers who knitted part of a seven mile peace scarf shown with their scarves at the Ashton Memorial.

Quakers who knitted part of a seven mile peace scarf shown with their scarves at the Ashton Memorial.

Peace activists have been knitting their own contribution to a massive piece of guerilla wool-fare.

Quakers and CND members from Lancaster have been hard at work creating a section of a seven-mile long pink peace scarf that will stretch between two UK nuclear weapons sites.

Our district’s 25 metres of scarf will be joined to pieces from around the UK and the world at a huge anti-war demonstration on Saturday, August 9.

The enormous scarf roll-out between the atomic weapons sites of Aldermaston and Burghfield in Berkshire is a protest against the £80 billion it will cost the UK Government to renew the Trident Nuclear weapons programme.

After the event the pieces will be made into blankets and donated to projects supporting needy people in the UK and projects in Tanzania, Uganda and Syria.

The event is part of the Wool Against Weapons campaign supported by organisations including the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) and will be the biggest anti-war demonstration in recent years.

Lyndy Raine from Lancaster, who has been involved in the peace movement for 40 years, said: “It’s going to be fabulous, there’s a lot of people travelling down from the North West.

“It’s very pertinent with what’s happening in the Ukraine and Gaza right now.

“I was involved in the Greenham Common protests in the 1980s and it feels very much like that now. It’s getting critical and reminds me of that Cold War situation.”

The activitists got together during knitting sessions at the Friends Meeting House in Lancaster. Each member knitted a one metre scarf.

 

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