WAR IN IRAQ 2003: Young and Old in Peace Protest
Byline: DUNCAN GIBBONS
ABOUT 100 peace campaigners staged a candle-lit vigil in Rugby town centre last night on the day war with Iraq broke out.
The demonstration attracted people of all ages and coincided with similar protests up and down the country.
Some carried home-made placards denouncing the conflict while others simply chose to hold a lighted candle and reflect on the day's events.
Later the group laid a wreath of white peace lilies at the war memorial gates in Hillmorton Road.
As British and US forces continued to push into Iraq in a bid to topple Saddam Hussein and destroy his weapons of mass destruction, Pete McLaren, of the Rugby Stop The War Coalition, told the amassed crowd: "This is a day of shame for Britain."
Sheila Patrick, a 72-year-old retired Hillmorton middle school teacher, said: "I think our planet has had enough damage to it without people fighting wars on it. We are all human beings together.
"I think it's important that we say we are for peace. There are ways of tackling things through discussions and talking - it's much less painful. …