CAMPAIGNERS in Craven working towards a world-wide nuclear-free future have been celebrating the 60th anniversary of the founding of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament - at Ribblehead Viaduct.

Members of Grassington and District Peace Group and Yorkshire CND erected a giant three-dimensional installation of the movement’s globally recognised logo at the viaduct.

Ribblehead was chosen as one of the Yorkshire’s most well-known locations as part of a nationwide birthday tour to some of Britain’s most iconic landscapes.

And campaigners managed to photograph the symbol as the Dalesman steam train passed over the viaduct.

One of the campaigners, Judith Joy, of Hebden, said: “It’s a good time for our campaign, as not only are we celebrating our 60th anniversary, but CND is part of the network ‘ICAN’ that won the Nobel Peace Prize or their work on the United Nations Global Ban on Nuclear Weapons Treaty, which was agreed almost exactly a year ago.

“ I’m annoyed that the UK is completely boycotting this process, which should be an ideal way for us to rid the whole world of these devastating weapons of mass destruction. But standing here in the sunshine with these wonderful peace campaigners, in front of our CND symbol, which is recognised across the world, I’m filled with hope for a nuclear-free future.”

An Peace Group co-ordinator Richard Hargreaves,echoed these sentiments. He said: “We were delighted that the Ribblehead Viaduct was one of the iconic landmarks chosen in Yorkshire to host the CND symbol.

“We have been campaigning against nuclear weapons for many years, but it’s not often that we have such an event so far into our beautiful countryside.”

Among the places visited by the CND logo so far on its tour have been the White Cliffs of Dover, Clifton suspension bridge at Bristol, and Caernarfon Castle in North Wales. In Yorkshire last week it was taken to Menwith Hill near Harrogate, York, the Calder Valley, Bradford and Leeds.

The campaign received the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize “for its work to draw attention to the catastrophic humanitarian consequences of any use of nuclear weapons and for its ground-breaking efforts to achieve a treaty-based prohibition of such weapons.”

CND chairman Dave Webb, of Leeds, said: “We are pleased that it has now landed in Yorkshire...amid our breath-taking scenery, visiting our beautiful cities, as well as our less appealing military bases. The delights of Yorkshire...could all be lost in the event of a nuclear war or accident.”