THE MAIL reported the mass demonstration that took place against the use of nuclear weapons in Barrow in 1995.

Thousand rose today from the streets of Barrow as the all-clear siren announced the end of a mass 'die-in'.

They linked arms and burst into song as the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament's dramatic Trident protest surrounded the town's nuclear docks complex.

Banks of supporters, dozens deep, flanked the North Road on Barrow as part of the thousand-strong human chain which surrounded the dock.

Almost 20,000 sang "We shall overcome" as the cold wind blew across the dying day on the Furness peninsula.

Their singing was interrupted by Mgr Bruce Kent, CND general who appealed for a four-minute silence as a tribute to the millions who died in the holocaust of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and to those who would die in a nuclear conflict.

They had come from far and wide to make their contribution to the massive protest against the Government's Trident programme.

Placards and banners from as far as Kent were paraded through the streets. There were a number of trade union banners, including NALGO and the National Union of Mineworkers from Derbyshire.

Pensioners for Peace, Furness Animal Rights Movement and the Quakers, had peace stalls on route in Hindpool. Protesters ranged from the old to the very young and many were dressed in costume.

Christian anti-nuclear protesters prayed for the people of Barrow and for Vickers Shipyard to be converted from “Death to Life”.

In an open air service by Northgate, Vickers, hundreds bowed their heads in prayers for peace.

Barrow priest Father Michael Murphy, of St Mary's Roman Catholic Church welcomed the demonstrators.

He said: "Barrow people feel their jobs depend on Trident but is it government policy we are protesting about and not the people who have to carry out that policy."

While hymns were being sung a light aircraft flew overhead carrying a banner printed "Trident means jobs".