Londoners join world peace walk

Peace campaigners will walk 20 miles across London this weekend (17-18 October) to link in with a three-month global initiative called the World March for Peace and Nonviolence.

Supporters of the walk include the Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams,  Archbishop Desmond Tutu, the vice chair of Pax Christi, Bruce Kent, Martin Sheen, Julie Christie, Cate Blanchett, Penelope Cruz, Daniel Berrigan with a host of peace organisations.

The London walk will start near Northwood Permanent Joint Forces NATO Headquarters in Middlesex on Saturday morning, where a vigil will be held, passing through north-west and central London before finishing on Sunday evening at the London Peace Pagoda in Battersea Park.

On Sunday afternoon, walkers arriving at Speakers’ Corner, Hyde Park will be welcomed at around 2pm with a half-hour play on the themes of peace and nonviolence written and directed by Charlie Wiseman.

Daniel Viesnik, 34, from north London who is one of the organisers of the London walk, said: “I was thrilled when I heard about the World March for Peace and Nonviolence, a fantastic initiative to unite people of all nations striving for a society based on love, peace and justice. I believe in the transformative power of people united in positive thought and action and wanted to encourage participation in this inspiring project.”

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