Christians are planning to pray and protest at the UK’s leading nuclear weapons base on Easter Monday (9 April). They will process around the Aldermaston Atomic Weapons Establishment in Berkshire, where nuclear arms are researched and developed.
They will hold a liturgy at the West Gate at 12.00 noon on Monday, followed by a procession visiting each gate in turn. Prayers will be said, bells rung and flowers planted. This follows the Christian tradition of “resurrection gardens”.
The witness will also include an Agape Meal, a Christian celebration of love and community.
The event is organised by the Christian wing of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND).
A statement from Christian CND declared, “We will call for a conversion from works of death to working for life and releasing the funds and expertise used in the production of nuclear warheads at this site”.
Aldermaston is the place where Trident warheads are made and where research is taking place for the new developments of the Trident programme.