Peace pilgrimage passes through Falkirk on road to London

31/05/13. John Devlin. FALKIRK, Seagull Trust carpark, Bantaskine Park FK1 5PT - pic of Richard Dyer and friends who are taking part in a Peace Pilgrimage from Iona to London.(JT)
31/05/13. John Devlin. FALKIRK, Seagull Trust carpark, Bantaskine Park FK1 5PT - pic of Richard Dyer and friends who are taking part in a Peace Pilgrimage from Iona to London.(JT)
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A group of committed walkers passed through Falkirk on a mission to convince the UK Government to think again about Trident missiles.

The sun greeted members of the Pilgrimage for Peace and Economic Justice as they progressed along the Union Canal last week.

The three-month undertaking, which started on May 1, will take them from Iona all the way down to Westminster and aims to focus national public attention on the Government’s proposal to spend up to £100 billion renewing the Trident nuclear missile system, while continuing to make cuts in the NHS, education and social welfare budgets.

Retired Falkirk GPs Richard and Cath Dyer are both walk organisers and participants, taking part in the stretch from Banknock to Edinburgh last Friday and Saturday, and will be heading down to London to be part of the final stage, Barnet to Westminster, on July 19.

Richard said: “There are many people involved in this pilgrimage from all over the UK, and they come from all walks of life and different faiths. People have given us a lot of support along the way and churches have been providing us with accommodation and food as well.

“The good thing about this pilgrimage is people can all do their bit by joining on at the various stages.”

The pilgrimage is based on the route the Olympic Torch was relayed throughout the UK ahead of the 2012 London Olympic Games.

Richard said: “The UK Government is talking about renewing Trident nuclear missiles at something like £100 billion. We feel that money should be going somewhere else, especially in these harsh economic times.”

Visit www.justpeacepilgrimage.com for more information.