A special occasion for World War Two veterans as silver Poppies of Remembrance are presented 

Sergeant Norman Irwin from the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers is presented with his silver Poppy of Remembrance by the Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council Alderman Mark Fielding and Veterans’ Champion Councillor Michelle Knight McQuillan.

A SERIES of bespoke silver Poppies of Remembrance have been presented to World War II veterans.

Alderman Mark Fielding, Mayor of Causeway Coast & Glens Borough Council, said it was an honour to meet the individuals, their family members and carers ahead of Remembrance Sunday.

Together with the Council’s Veterans’ Champion Councillor Michelle Knight McQuillan, the Mayor hand delivered the specially commissioned poppies to recipients from a number of service areas including the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force, the Royal Air Force, the Royal Navy, the Royal Irish Fusiliers and the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers.

Royal Air Force Flight Lieutenant Geoff Bainbridge pictured with his silver Poppy of Remembrance, alongside his daughter Lorna Gough and Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council Alderman Mark Fielding.

 

Alderman Fielding said: “It was a privilege for me to hand deliver these beautiful silver poppies as a token of our gratitude for these men and women and the role they played during World War II.

Private John Duggan from the Royal Irish Fusiliers pictured with his Silver Poppy of Remembrance along with the Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council Alderman Mark Fielding, Veterans’ Champion Councillor Michelle Knight McQuillan and Laverne Quigg from The Court Care Home.

 

“We are extremely proud of our strong military links and this gesture highlights how the people of our Borough were to the fore during the significant events of 75 years ago.

Women’s Auxiliary Air Force Leading Aircraftwoman Gwen Harvey receives her silver Poppy of Remembrance from the Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council Alderman Mark Fielding and Veterans’ Champion Councillor Michelle Knight McQuillan.

 

“As we look ahead to Remembrance Sunday, we want to convey our continued thanks to those whose selfless sacrifice and bravery helped to secure the freedom we enjoy today.

John Boyd and Christine Hodges pictured at Limavady War Memorial as they accept a silver Poppy of Remembrance – on behalf of their late father Royal Navy Able Seaman Maurice Boyd who passed away earlier this year – from the Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council Alderman Mark Fielding and Veterans’ Champion Councillor Michelle Knight McQuillan.

 

“Our veterans are a very special part of our community, and this opportunity will remain with me as a highlight of my Mayoral year.”

Leading Aircraftman Leslie McGowan and his wife Betty pictured with Adenine Farr, Veterans’ Champion Councillor Michelle Knight McQuillan and the Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council Alderman Mark Fielding.

 

The presentation of the poppies followed a motion proposed by Councillor Alan McLean in August 2019 which called for all surviving veterans of World War II, including those in the Merchant Navy, resident in the Borough to be presented with a commemorative Poppy of Remembrance to ‘mark their service in the fight against Fascism and Nazism’.

Women’s Auxiliary Air Force Leading Aircraftwoman Margaret Robertson receives her silver Poppy of Remembrance from the Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council, Alderman Mark Fielding, and Veterans’ Champion Councillor Michelle Knight McQuillan.

 

The presentations were initially due to take place ahead of the 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe Day in May 2020, but COVID-19 restrictions meant this wasn’t possible.

Rifleman Andrew Nicholl, Royal Ulster Rifles, displays his silver Poppy of Remembrance with his niece Andree Tweed alongside the Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council Alderman Mark Fielding and Veterans’ Champion Councillor Michelle Knight McQuillan.

 

Details of the recipients of a silver Poppy of Remembrance from Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council are listed below:

Andrew Nicholl, Rifle Man, Royal Ulster Rifles.

Gwen Harvey, Leading Aircraftwoman, Women’s Auxiliary Air Force.

John Duggan, Private, Royal Irish Fusiliers.

Leslie McGowan, Leading Aircraftman, Royal Air Force.

Margaret Robertson, Leading Aircraftwoman, Women’s Auxiliary Air Force.

Maurice Boyd (Deceased) Able Seaman, Royal Navy.

Norman Irwin, Sergeant, Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers.

Mollie Currie, Corporal, Women’s Auxiliary Air Force.

Geoff Bainbridge, Flight Lieutenant, Royal Air Force.

Thomas Clarence, Able Seaman, Royal Navy.

Silver Poppy of Remembrance recipient Corporal Mollie Currie, Women’s Auxiliary Air Force, pictured with Brenda Cunningham from Killowen House, the Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council Alderman Mark Fielding and Veterans’ Champion Councillor Michelle Knight McQuillan.

Maurice Boyd passed away earlier this year, and his poppy was instead accepted by his son John Boyd and daughter Christine Hodges.

Royal Navy Able Seaman Thomas Clarence receives his silver Poppy of Remembrance from the Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council Alderman Mark Fielding and Veterans’ Champion Councillor Michelle Knight McQuillan.

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