Bury St Edmunds Quakers protest against Trident

Bury St Edmunds Quakers hold a silent vigil outside Moyse's Hall to protest against renewal of the T

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

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 T

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

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 T

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

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.

Bury St Edmunds Quakers hold a silent vigil outside Moyse's Hall to protest against renewal of the T

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