Children’s charity Chernobyl Children’s Lifeline held a candlelight vigil at Stoney Wood, Wirksworth, to mark the 25th anniversary of the nuclear disaster.
Around 100 people came along to the event including the chief executive of the charity, Dennis Vystavkin, the Bishop of Repton Humphrey Southern and Canon David Truby.
A large international radiation symbol was formed using 500 tea light candles with the Wirksworth Peace Candle in the centre of the symbol.
Organiser Chris Broome, chairman of Bonsall and Derbyshire Dales Link of Chernobyl Children’s Lifeline, said: “The Peace candle had been lit from the Hiroshima Peace Flame as a symbol of the invisible but highly lethal nature of radiation which will continue to effect humanity and the environment for many generations to come.
“A 25 was also formed out of candles in red candle jars. Unfortunately, the wind got up during the evening and a soon as the Bishop took the microphone to speak, a gust blew out most of the candles in one go. The Bishop remarked that he doesn’t normally have this effect at events he’s attended.”
Immediately before the candle vigil, six supporters of the charity performed the play Voices from Chernobyl, written by Cindy Marie Jenkins, exploring the psychological and personal tragedy of the Chernobyl accident
The vigil took place on Monday, April 25, the eve of the 25th Anniversary of the disaster. The incident was the world’s worst nuclear accident.
Prayers were also offered at the event to those who have suffered in the events at the Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan.
The Bonsall and Derbyshire Dales Link of CCLL is looking for new supporters from the district including host parents who can give two Chernobyl children from Ukraine or Belarus a much needed respite holiday for four weeks during the summer.
Contact Chris Broome on 07900 330209 for further information or visit the website www.ccll.org.uk/bonsall