PROTESTERS from Wharfedale have taken part in a peace demonstration at RAF Menwith Hill.

The annual Independence from America protest was held outside the main gate of the base, which gathers intelligence for the US National Security Agency, on Wednesday, July 4.

A giant CND symbol - currently being shown around the country to mark the group's 60th anniversary - was also temporarily installed as part of the event.

The demonstration is organised jointly by Yorkshire CND and the Menwith Hill Accountability Campaign, and has been running for more than 30 years.

About 60 people attended this year and heard speeches by guest speakers including the General Secretary of CND, Kate Hudson, Chris Bluemel from Trident Ploughshares and the Green Party's Natalie Bennett.

All three called on the the need for the UK to ratify the United Nations Global Ban on Nuclear Weapons Treaty and for every country to work towards a nuclear free world.

CND Chair Dave Webb, from Leeds, said: "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 it has now landed in Yorkshire.

"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."