THE anniversary of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings will be marked in Winchester this weekend.

It has been 75 years since the events which killed between 90,000 and 146,000 people.

The Peace and Social Witness group of Winchester Quakers will be holding a silent vigil in the Cathedral Outer Close on Sunday (August 9) from 11.30am to 12.30pm.

Paul Newman said: "We shall be standing in silence along the rails in front of the cathedral bearing 'peace cranes' and posters in commemoration of the bombings and in vigil for sustained progress towards nuclear disarmament.

"Supporters are welcome to join us in silent vigil, peace and friendship."

On Thursday the Mayor of Winchester, Cllr Patrick Cunningham, recorded a special message to marking the day.