CND peace message takes centre stage in Towneley Park

A section of those who took part in the May Day parade

A section of those who took part in the May Day parade

First published in News Lancashire Telegraph: Photograph of the Author by , Chief reporter

RED flags mingled with a huge multi-coloured scarf at Burnley’s annual May Day celebrations in Towneley Park.

Borough council leader and prospective MP Coun Julie Cooper gave the keynote speech, following the traditional procession from the town hall.

She was joined on the platform by two Labour European election candidates, Burnley councillor Wajid Khan and his colleague Julie Ward, who formerly worked at Mid Pennine Arts locally.

The trio were joined by Mike Lavette, from the People’s Assembly. Burnley’s May Day gathering is one of the few to be held every year since the bank holiday was created in 1978 and was supported by a fun fair, stalls and magic and dog agility acts.

But it was a giant woollen creation fashioned by East Lancashire CND members which caught the imagination of many visitors.

Part of a ‘Knit for Peace’ initiative, the huge scarf has been stitched together by volunteers from across the area.

Speaking before the event, CND’s Joan West, from Great Harwood, said: “The group is involved in a CND nationwide campaign to connect the atomic weapons factories of Aldermaston and Burghfield in Berkshire with a seven-mile peace scarf.

“This is to express the public’s opposition to these weapons-producing sites and to pledge to work for peace.”

If anyone wants to know more about the ‘Wool Against Weapons’ scarf, or contribute their own piecework, they can contact Joan via e-mail via joanewest@sky.com The scarf will be unveiled in Berkshire on Saturday, August 9, which is the anniversary of the Second World War atomic bombing of Nagasaki in Japan.

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2:44pm Tue 6 May 14

Reality50 says...

Left wing extremists hijacking a reputable march. Sad to see.
Left wing extremists hijacking a reputable march. Sad to see. Reality50
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9:39pm Tue 6 May 14

BIG BOSS says...

Why did people, not go out in full force and complain against the bedroom tax, also about the disabled people being taken off benefits and having to pay 20% council tax. Not to mention ZERO hours.???
Why did people, not go out in full force and complain against the bedroom tax, also about the disabled people being taken off benefits and having to pay 20% council tax. Not to mention ZERO hours.??? BIG BOSS
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