8 Oct 2007

Ex servicemen march in UK over nuclear testing in Kiribati in 1950s

6:37 am on 8 October 2007

British servicemen involved in nuclear testing in Kiribati in the 1950s have held a rare commemorative parade in the northern English city of Leeds.

Members of the British Nuclear Test Veterans'

Association met at Leeds Parish Church and then marched along Kirkgate -- the main street in the city's centre.

More than four hundred British former service

personnel, together with three hundred New Zealanders and Fijians, are claiming compensation from the UK ministry of defence.

They claim their illnesses are linked to radiation exposure as a result of the nuclear tests.

The British government denies the claims