Vigil for Afghan dead

23 January 2010, 11:11 | Updated: 25 January 2010, 11:17

An hour long vigil will be held at the War Memorial near Luton Town Centre at 2pm today.

It's being organised by Luton Peace and Justice, who are demanding an end to the killing in Afghanistan.

Accountant Peter Wakeham is one of the members who will be taking part in the event. He told Heart:

"We want to try and bring a presence for peace into the town centre by having weekly vigils near the war memorial. It won't be a protest it will be a remembrance of all those who died in all wars, but in particular all those died in the Afghan war on all sides.

"We feel that parades of the king seen in Luton last year glorified war. We are against any form of glorification of war and violence. So what we are trying to do is glorify peace and non-violence. peace and harmony is really our main thing."

In a statement Luton Peace and Justice say they "extend their sympathy to all the families and friends of all soldiers - coalition and Afghan - and particularly Afghan civilians killed in Afghanistan."

"Enough is is about time the people in Luton showed their disgust and opposition to this horrible war."

If you are interested in joining any of the vigils, or want more information about the group you can contact Peter Wakeham at or visit the blog at