Memorial Park dedicated under Fields in Trust Centenary Fields Programme

Friday 1 February 2019

The Memorial Park in Ballymena was officially dedicated under the Fields in Trust Centenary Fields Programme on Friday, February 1.

Cllr Stephen Nicholl, Cllr Beth Adger, Mayor of MEA Cllr Lindsay Millar, John Morrison, Royal British Legion, Cllr Audrey Wales MBE and Ald William McNeilly at the ceremony

The Centenary Fields programme was launched in 2014 by Fields in Trust President HRH The Duke of Cambridge.

Working in partnership with The Royal British Legion the programme protects parks and green spaces in perpetuity to honour the memory of the millions who lost their lives in World War I.

The Mayor, Councillors and special guests were in attendance at the Memorial Park on Friday as a plaque was unveiled.

Mayor of Mid and East Antrim, Councillor Lindsay Millar, said: “Protecting this beautiful park in perpetuity will leave not only a living remembrance to those who gave all, but it will provide the surrounding community with an invaluable green space which they can enjoy all year round.

“This park has real significance at certain dates of the year including Armistice Day, hosting our main ceremonial tributes to those who never returned from World War 1, as well as other conflicts across the world.

“Mid and East Antrim Borough Council is committed to improving the quality of life for all the people of the Borough through the services it provides.

“We appreciate the value that these community green spaces play a vital role in maintaining a high quality of life.”

There are eight other Fields and Trust sites across Mid and East Antrim at Bentra Golf Club, Diamond Jubilee Wood Whitehead, Inver Gardens Memorial Park Larne, King George V Ballymena, the People’s Park, Dixon Park, Sandy Bay Playing Fields Larne and Eden Playing Fields, Carrickfergus.