Posted: Tue 20th Feb 2018

CND at 60: giant ‘peace symbol’ to visit Mold

News and Info from Deeside, Flintshire, North Wales
This article is old - Published: Tuesday, Feb 20th, 2018

A giant reproduction of the iconic CND logo is set to visit Mold this week.

As part of a UK-wide ‘Now More Than Ever’ tour to mark the 60th anniversary of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament the giant three-dimensional symbol installation will visit more than twenty dramatic locations across Britain. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Founded in 1958 at the height of the Cold War, CND is Britain’s best-known peace movement its iconic logo has become a universal peace symbol. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

The tour begins in Mold on Friday, the symbol will sit in front of Theatr Clwyd between 11am and noon before moving on to other locations including the White Cliffs of Dover, the Angel of the North in Gateshead, the Atomic Weapons Establishment in Aldermaston and the Trident nuclear sub base Faslane. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

CND activist Brian Jones said: ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

CND’s logo became an internationally recognised symbol of peace is a reflection of the strength of the peace movement, particularly here in Britain, and the arguments it has made for peace and against nuclear weapons over the last six decades. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

“You can travel to any part of the globe, show people the symbol and it is instantly recognised and its meaning understood. Here in Britain, people see the logo and it reminds them of stories passed down in families like ‘My grandmother was on the first London to Aldermaston march against nuclear weapons’. For others they are reminded of the Greenham Common Women’s Peace Camp in the 1980s, and for younger activists it is associated with new political leaders who have come to prominence as campaigners against nuclear weapons, like Jeremy Corbyn, Nicola Sturgeon, Caroline Lucas, and Leanne Wood. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

“Situating the symbol in front of Theatr Clwyd invites members of the public here in Mold and the rest of north-east Wales to share their own stories. 60 years on from the birth of CND, at a time when nuclear war seems more likely than ever, the symbol is an opportunity for us all to think about the role of civil society organisations, the renewed need for them to hold governments to account, as well as thinking about how we can build a world free of nuclear weapons. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

We invite everyone to come down to take photos and share their stories.” ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​


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