Friends Meeting House (Quakers), Meeting House Lane, Lancaster on Thursday 3rd December 2009
It was a busy day for the peace campaigner and honorary CND Vice-President Bruce Kent, because earlier in the afternoon after being interviewed by Diversity FM and BBC Radio Lancashire, he also spoke to local Sixth Formers during a special peace education seminar entitled “Abolishing War in the 21st Century“. This event was organized by a local peace activist Paul Andrews, a committee member of Lancaster District CND, and was an alternative to the Armed Services recruitment campaigns that have so often visited Lancashire schools in the last few years. Sixth Formers from several schools participated in this event, including Heysham High School, Morecambe High School,Lancaster Girls Grammar School, Ripley St. Thomas School, and Queen Elizabeth School of Kirkby Lonsdale.
This event also had the indispensible support of Anna Liddle, CND’s Peace Education Worker, who engaged the students with an interactive presentation about nuclear weapons and the awful consequences of nuclear war. She showed a Japanese animation called “Barefoot Gen” that re-created the dreadful destruction caused by the bomb dropped on Hiroshima, and “nuked Lancaster” to demonstrate that at Ground Zero none of the local Lancaster residents would survive a nuclear attack. The seminar was incredibly provocative and the Sixth Formers readily engaged with the speakers about nuclear weapons and associated political issues. Lancaster District CND expressed its intent to organize more such events in 2010 to persuade young people of the dangers of nuclear weapons and the need to disarm as soon as possible.