CANDLES floated along the River Avon Tuesday night, in a tribute to the thousands of victims affected by the first nuclear attack on Hiroshima in 1945.

Organised by Salisbury's Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) group, the annual candle float began with a message for the people of Salisbury from the current mayor of Hiroshima, before spectators silently watched the floating lanterns go down the river around 8.45pm.

The event follows the Japanese custom of releasing floating lanterns in memory of the dead, as well as in memory of all victims of nuclear weapons.

Hiroshima Day has been celebrated in the city every year since 1981, also designed to raise awareness about existing nuclear weapons in Britain and other countries.