Lighting the way forward for victims

VIGIL The 25th anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster was marked by the lighting of candles in the Guildhall Square.     Picture: Malcolm Wells (111461-2206)
VIGIL The 25th anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster was marked by the lighting of candles in the Guildhall Square. Picture: Malcolm Wells (111461-2206)
A 12-inch ordnance shell was detonated off Warsash seafront this afternoon. (Picture from HM Coastguard)

Bomb disposal experts detonate 12-inch shell on Warsash seafront

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A candlelit tribute was held in Portsmouth to mark the 25th anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster.

Charity Chernobyl Children’s Life Line was set up to offer respite to children growing up in the Belarus and Ukraine area.

The Portsmouth and Hayling Island branch of the charity laid out candles in the figure of 25 in Guildhall Square, to mark the anniversary.

Chairman Marian Stapley said: ‘Each year we provide a home for 12 children in June to give them a break from the radiation. It can give them an extra two or three years in their lives.’

Information on the charity was also being given out. The nuclear accident happened on April 26, 1986.