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Activists from Lakenheath Alliance for Peace are set to march from Norwich to RAF Lakenheath against the potential return of US nuclear warheads





Activists from Lakenheath Alliance for Peace are set to march against the potential return of US nuclear warheads in Britain.

On Saturday, activists from the Lakenheath Alliance for Peace (LAP) will start a three-day walk/cycle from Norwich and establish an international peace camp at RAF Lakenheath, in Suffolk, from Monday until July 25.

Marchers will gather at the steps of Norwich City Hall on Saturday morning to start the walk. On Monday morning, the group will arrive in Brandon and set off towards RAF Lakenheath at 1pm.

CND held a Citizens' Weapons Inspection at RAF Lakenheath last year. Picture: Mecha Morton
CND held a Citizens' Weapons Inspection at RAF Lakenheath last year. Picture: Mecha Morton

The peace camp will be set up later that afternoon and the base will be informed of LAP's intention to hand-deliver a letter to the base commander the following day.

LAP will maintain a continuous presence outside the base for the duration of the camp, with vigils, protests and workshops.

LAP is a coalition of local, national and international anti-nuclear campaigners dedicated to preventing US nuclear weapons from returning to RAF Lakenheath, after a campaign saw their removal in 2008.

RAF Lakenheath. Picture: Mark Westley
RAF Lakenheath. Picture: Mark Westley

The group is concerned the US intends to use RAF Lakenheath as a major part of NATO's nuclear weapons infrastructure in Europe

Kate Hudson, Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) general secretary, said: “CND is a proud part of the Lakenheath Alliance for Peace and calls on everyone across Britain to get involved with this campaign.

“The return of US nuclear weapons to Lakenheath would greatly increase the nuclear risk already faced by this country. We call on the Labour government to explicitly refuse any US request to station their weapons of mass destruction here.”

Sue Wright, Norwich and District CND chair, said: “In 2008 nuclear weapons were removed from British soil after tireless campaigning.

CND held a Citizens' Weapons Inspection at RAF Lakenheath last year. Picture: Mecha Morton
CND held a Citizens' Weapons Inspection at RAF Lakenheath last year. Picture: Mecha Morton

“We need to act to make the public aware of the dangers of nuclear weapons, not only to East Anglia but to the whole world.”

Alison Lochhead, from CND Cymru, said: “Forty-three years after the march to Greenham Common to stop US from bringing nuclear weapons to Britain, peace activists are yet again having to walk to a USAF base, this time to RAF Lakenheath in Suffolk.

“A peace camp will set up outside the base with a 24/7 peace vigil to demand that no US nuclear weapons will be brought to Britain. CND Cymru joins Lakenheath Alliance for Peace to collectively raise awareness about what is happening and demand that all nuclear weapons are abolished.”

Colin Archer from the Movement for the Abolition of War said: “We support the nationwide protests called by CND and others.

“Not allowing the public to have a say on this fundamental issue goes against the grain of democratic discourse, transparency, and accountability.”