26 Sep “Peace Group sign Pledge to Peace” by Philip Gilligan
Rochdale and Littleborough Peace Group
Press Release – 26 September 2016
Peace Group sign Pledge to Peace
Representatives of Rochdale and Littleborough Peace Group joined other groups from throughout Greater Manchester at the Civic Centre in Oldham this morning (Monday 26 September 2016) to sign the ‘Pledge to Peace’ (also known as the ‘Bruxelles Declaration’), a European project to promote the development of a culture of peace.
Rae Street and Philip Gilligan were guests of the mayor of Oldham, Councillor Derek Heffernan who became the first mayor in Greater Manchester to sign the Pledge on behalf of his council. He, like Rochdale’s mayor, Councillor Ray Dutton who also attended the event, is a member of Mayors for Peace which campaigns for the total abolition of nuclear weapons. .
On behalf of the Peace Group, Philip Gilligan said, “We are delighted that both Rochdale and Oldham now have a Mayor for Peace. Mayors for Peace is a crucial organisation with more than 7000 city leaders worldwide. Their programme launched by the Mayor of Hiroshima in 1982 promotes much needed solidarity among cities to campaign for a world freed from the threat of nuclear annihilation.”
Photograph taken at the event. From left to right it shows: Rae Street from Rochdale and Littleborough Peace Group (standing), Elaine Dutton Mayoress of Rochdale (sitting), Councillor Derek Heffernan Mayor of Oldham (sitting), Di Heffernan Mayoress of Oldham (sitting), Councillor Ray Dutton Mayor of Rochdale (sitting), Philip Gilligan Chair of Greater Manchester and District Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (standing), Steve Roman from Manchester Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (sitting) and Linda Walker from Glossop Peace Group.