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Ceremony at Wales' Thalidomide Memorial.

A CEREMONY will take place today to mark the first anniversary of the unveiling of Wales' Thalidomide Memorial.

The permanent site was unveiled in Alexandra Gardens, Cathays Park, Cardiff, on June 30, 2016, and campaigners hope the day will become internationally recognised as Thalidomide Memorial Day.

The 2pm service is open to all and will culminate in a minute's silence, preceded by a role call of all those touched by the Thalidomide tragedy who have died in the past 12 months.

There will also be a re-dedication of the Memorial and an opportunity to celebrate the lives and achievements of "Thalidomiders" across the globe.

Memorial co-ordinator Rosie Moriarty-Simmonds OBE said: "It is essential the Memorial is kept in the public domain and its existence is brought to as wide an audience as possible. There are currently many Thalidomideimpaired people who are and will continue to suffer as a result of the damage caused by the drug. We, who are able, must ensure the lessons of decades gone are not lost on the future."

Thalidomide had been feted as a wonder drug - until thousands of children were born in the 1950s and 1960s with deformed and stunted limbs after their mothers took the medicine to control morning sickness.

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Date:Jun 30, 2017
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