Chernobyl vigil will remember disaster

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A CANDLELIT vigil will take place tonight to mark the 25th anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster.

Volunteers from the Portsmouth and Hayling Island groups of Chernobyl Children’s Life Line will gather at 8pm for the vigil in Guildhall Square.

Candles will be lit in the shape of the number 25.

Organiser Marian Stapley said: ‘It has been lots of hard work but it will be a very special occasion. I hope it will attract lots of people. I want to try and speak to as many people as I can and tell them about what we do.’

The Chernobyl Children’s Life Line arranges for youngsters affected by radiation to visit Portsmouth on a holiday to improve their health. Members of the charity will set up a stand in Guildhall Square from 2.30pm to speak to shoppers.

They are also looking for a host family to welcome some of this year’s visitors into their homes.

n An article in The News on Friday wrongly reported the event would take place tomorrow.