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Candles float down river to mark first nuclear attack

One of Salisbury's rivers was transformed into a sea of candles last night, to remember the victims of the nuclear attack on Japan in 1945.

Credit: Donald Capewell

Floating candles were placed into the River Avon from the bridge on Fisherton Street. Each was meant to represent a man, woman or child who died in the attack.

It marked a worldwide day of remembrance for the Hiroshima tragedy, in which the allies dropped the first atomic bomb on the Japanese city. It was followed three days later by another over Nagasaki.

The two attacks killed at least 129,000 people.

The Salisbury branch of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) organise the event each year.