At 8.15 this morning, 56 years ago, the world's first atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, followed by a second bomb on Nagasaki. Both cities were destroyed. More than 200,000 people were killed and thousands more died in the years that followed from illnesses caused by radiation. A number of services are taking place around the country to commemorate those who died, and pray for an end to the nuclear arms race. At Westminster Cathedral, there is a vigil, prayers and Mass. Call: 0207 700 2393 for details. Aylesford Friary in Kent is holding a service of remembrance - call: Phil Kerton on 01474 873802 for details. In Chester, an annual Hiroshima Flower Memorial takes place at The Grove Bandstand at 8pm this evening - tel: 01244 679 051 for more information.
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