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Bury St Edmunds Quakers protest against Trident

PUBLISHED: 19:20 21 February 2016 | UPDATED: 22:32 21 February 2016

Bury St Edmunds Quakers hold a silent vigil outside Moyse's Hall to protest against renewal of the Trident nuclear missile system.

Bury St Edmunds Quakers hold a silent vigil outside Moyse's Hall to protest against renewal of the Trident nuclear missile system.

Protesters stood in silence in Bury St Edmunds on Sunday marking their opposition to the renewal of the Trident nuclear missile system.

Bury St Edmunds Quakers hold a silent vigil outside Moyse's Hall to protest against renewal of the Trident nuclear missile system. Bury St Edmunds Quakers hold a silent vigil outside Moyse's Hall to protest against renewal of the Trident nuclear missile system.

Taking place between 1pm and 2pm, around 30 Bury Quakers joined the silent vigil outside Moyse’s Hall to mark their opposition to weapons of mass destruction.

“It was a silent witness and that can be very powerful,” said Jill Segger afterwards. “It was a mixture of responses. Some were very supportive, indeed some were argumentative as you would expect. We only had one nasty comment.”

She said they timed the silent vigil ahead of a national protest taking place in London next weekend.

Later this summer the government will discuss the renewal of the Trident programme.

Bury St Edmunds Quakers hold a silent vigil outside Moyse's Hall to protest against renewal of the Trident nuclear missile system. Bury St Edmunds Quakers hold a silent vigil outside Moyse's Hall to protest against renewal of the Trident nuclear missile system.

The Bury group said they believed “all human life is precious” and said the possession of nuclear weapons as a deterrent was “faithless”, while to use them would be a “sin”.

They also criticised the expense of the scheme during a time of government-imposed austerity.

The Orwell Bridge has reopened this morning after 80mph winds battered Suffolk and brought its closure.

Several schools in Suffolk are to remain closed or open later this morning amid high winds.

Across Suffolk, dozens of bands, singers, solo acts, choirs and orchestras ply their trade on evenings and weekends as part of the county’s eclectic night time economy.

High winds have led to rail service cancellations including on the mainline from Suffolk and Essex to London and local routes between Sudbury and Marks Tey.

High winds have brought down overhead power cables leaving homes in many Suffolk and Essex communities without electricity.

A well known west Suffolk pub has suddenly closed its doors after the district council received a licence review application from police, stating the premises was ‘associated with serious crimes and disorder’.

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