Around 60 members and supporters of Rochdale and Littleborough Peace Group celebrated three decades of campaigning for peace and disarmament in Rochdale borough with a shared lunch, in Littleborough, on Sunday (12 June 2011). They especially enjoyed a cake made in the shape of the CND (Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament) symbol. Several founding members of Littleborough Peace Group, including Rae Street, Pat Sanchez, Lynn Kelsall and Sharon Courtney attended the 30th anniversary celebrations, while others, including former secretary of Rochdale CND, Jackie Ferguson sent birthday greetings to the group.
The group renewed their call for the scrapping of the Trident system and for an immediate halt to government spending on all nuclear weapons.
Philip Gilligan said“The £2.2billion that the government squanders on the Trident nuclear weapons system every year is a dangerous waste of scarce public resources. This is money that needs to be spent on the services we need. We need our taxes to be spent on jobs, health and education, not on threatening our planet with nuclear annihilation. It is time to scrap Trident and to call an immediate halt to the government’s plans to spend tens of £billions more of our money on an even more destructive nuclear weapons system.”