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Council delegation and Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant attend poignant NI Festival of Remembrance

Friday 10 November 2017

A delegation from Mid and East Antrim Borough Council, including the Mayor and Deputy Mayor, joined Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant for County Antrim Mrs Joan Christie OBE at the Northern Ireland Festival of Remembrance recently.

A delegation from Mid and East Antrim Borough Council, including the Mayor and Deputy Mayor, joined Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant for County Antrim Mrs Joan Christie OBE at the Northern Ireland Festival of Remembrance recently.

The event, hosted by the Royal British Legion, took place at Belfast's Waterfront Hall on Saturday 4 November.

The 2,000-strong audience, including His Royal Highness The Duke of Gloucester, enjoyed performances from The Band of The Royal Irish Regiment, Regimental Band, Bugles, Pipes and Drums Second Battalion, and The Police Male Voice Choir.

Homegrown stars of the big screen Jayne Wisener and Fra Fee also performed at the event.

Mayor of Mid and East Antrim, Councillor Paul Reid, said: “It was an honour, as First Citizen of Mid and East Antrim, to take part in the Northern Ireland Festival of Remembrance in memory of all of those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

“A series of events are taking place across our Borough to commemorate our brave servicemen and women this Remembrance Weekend as we take time to reflect and remember the Fallen.”

Remembrance services are being held in the Borough’s towns of Ballymena, Carrickfergus and Larne, with poignant ceremonies in Whitehead, Broughshane, Cullybackey, Glynn and Ballycarry.

Poppy wreaths will be laid on behalf of Council at each of the locations.

On Friday 10 November in Ballycarry, a service will take place at the Village War Memorial from 7.15pm, followed by a festival of Remembrance in Ballycarry Community Centre at 8pm.

Remembrance Sunday events will take place on 12 November as follows:

  • Ballymena: Lord Lieutenant for County Antrim, Mrs Joan Christie OBE, Council’s Chief Executive, Ms Anne Donaghy, and Elected Members will parade from the Services Club to Memorial Park, where a service will take place from 10.50am
  • Carrickfergus: A service will take place at the town’s War Memorial from 10.45am
  • Larne: Elected Members will parade from the Royal British Legion from 10.30am, followed by a service at the War Memorial from 11am
  • Cullybackey: A parade will leave from the Reformed Presbyterian Church at 2.30pm and proceed to the War Memorial for a 3.00pm service
  • Whitehead: A service will take place at the War Memorial from 11am
  • Glynn: The Lord Lieutenant for County Antrim, Mrs Joan Christie OBE, and Council’s Chief Executive, Ms Anne Donaghy, will be in attendance for a parade leaving Glenvale Park at 2.45pm for a service at the War Memorial
  • Broughshane: A service will take place at the War Memorial from 11am
  • Kells: A service will take place at the War Memorial at 11am.
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Civic Buildings in Larne, Ballymena and Carrickfergus will be lit up in red throughout Remembrance Weekend.

The Mayor added: “I encourage everyone to get involved and show their support and respect for our servicemen and women by backing the Poppy Appeal.

“Money raised is used to provide financial, emotional and social support to the millions of those who have served or are currently serving in the Armed Forces, and their families.

“I thank all those who volunteer their time to the fundraising campaign locally.”