Ilkley Quakers rolled out at 30 foot long pink scarf as a part of a peace protest against Trident Nuclear Weapons.

Photo taken outside the Quaker Meeting House, Queens Road Ilkley by Robert Keeble. Brain Meara is standing on the far right of the photo.

Photo taken outside the Quaker Meeting House, Queens Road Ilkley by Robert Keeble. Brain Meara is standing on the far right of the photo.

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ILKLEY Quakers rolled out at 30 foot long pink scarf at the Quaker Meeting House on Queens Road, Ilkley on Sunday, July 13.

Leeds and Ilkley Quakers have been busy knitting the scarf as a part of a peace protest against Trident Nuclear Weapons.

Nationally, thousands of people are currently involved in knitting and crocheting pieces of a pink scarf that will stretch seven miles, as part of the Wool against Weapons initiative. The scarf will be rolled out between the atomic weapon factories at AWE Aldermaston and AWE Burghfield on Saturday, August 9, the anniversary of the dropping of the Atomic Bomb on the Japanese city on Nagasaki, in 1945.

Quakers have a long history of working for peace and were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1947 for the work of the Friends Ambulance Unit (FAU) during the Second World War.

Ilkley Quaker, Brian Meara was a member of the FAU during the war and said: “I remember the horror of hearing about the Atomic Bombs being dropped on the Japanese cities and remember praying for World Peace. People have forgotten about how big these bombs were. I hope the pink scarf helps to make a good impression and people realise that Trident does not bring peace”

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