This article appears in today's Leicester Mercury:
Leader is now mayor of peace
City mayor Sir Peter Soulsby has joined the ranks of international civic leaders taking a stance against nuclear weapons.
He was been appointed as a Mayor for Peace – a title given to mayors across the world by the Hiroshima Peace Culture Foundation, which is calling for the abolition of nuclear weapons.
The August 1945 atomic bomb attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki caused the deaths of tens of thousands of civilians and led to the end of the Second World War.
The announcement of Leicester's inclusion in the Mayors for Peace programme comes just days before Hiroshima Day on August 6.
Sir Peter said: "The dropping of the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki still stand as symbols of those weapons' terrible destructive power.
"I have been in contact with the president of Mayors for Peace, Kazumi Matsui, and assured him the thoughts of many people in Leicester would be with him."