ANTI-NUCLEAR campaigners in South Lakeland will hold a vigil for victims of the Japanese tsunami on Saturday.

Members of Radiation Free Lakeland will gather in Kendal Market Place at 10.30am to express their sadness over the tragedy, which has caused a damaged nuclear plant to release radiation.

Campaigners will use the event to urge people to fight the government’s nuclear plans.

They claim that reactors in UK factories are hotter than those in Japan and any accident here would release even more radiation than that seen in the tsunami-hit country.

Marianne Birkby from the group said: “We will be urging the government to look at the Japanese lesson and abandon plans for the burial of high level nuclear waste in Cumbria and new nuclear power stations in the UK.”