PEACE campaigners have marked the 60th anniversary of the founding of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament.

A large installation of the CND symbol is being toured around iconic landmarks in the UK.

On Tuesday it was erected at the Ribblehead Viaduct in the Dales.

Members of Grassington & District Peace Group joined Yorkshire CND and captured the CND symbol as the Dalesman steam train passed by.

CND owes its origins to Bradford.

 In an article in the New Statesman on 2 November 1957, Bradford-born writer and dramatist JB Priestley argued that Britain should take a moral lead by renouncing nuclear weapons.

This generated a huge response culminating in the launch of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) at a mass meeting in Central Hall Westminster on 17 February 1957.

Judith Joy, of Hebden near Skipton commented: “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 for 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.”

The Peace Group Co-ordinator, Richard Hargreaves, 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 of our beautiful countryside.”

CND Chair, Dave Webb, from Leeds ,added: “The CND symbol tour has visited places around the country from the White Cliffs of Dover, to Bristol suspension bridge, Caernarfon Castle and more. We are pleased that it has now landed in Yorkshire, beginning with an installation amid our breath-taking scenery, visiting our beautiful cities, as well as our less appealing military bases. It's a great way of drawing attention to the 60th anniversary of our campaign, as well as the delights of Yorkshire, which could all be lost in the event of a nuclear war or accident.”

2018 is the 60th anniversary of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament. Founded in 1958 at the height of the Cold War, CND has been a powerful collective voice against the dangers of nuclear weapons ever since. 2018 is also the 60th anniversary of when Gerald Holtom unveiled a new logo to represent the first London to Aldermaston march. It would later become CND’s logo and recognised all around the world.

The role of CND’s iconic logo will be marked with a symbol tour of Britain. A giant three-dimensional logo installation is visiting more than twenty dramatic locations across Britain, including the White Cliffs of Dover, the Angel of the North in Gateshead, and the Clifton Suspension Bridge in Bristol.

The logo visits Bradford tomorrow and will be in Leeds on Sunday.