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.
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.
“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.
“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.
“Our veterans are a very special part of our community, and this opportunity will remain with me as a highlight of my Mayoral year.”
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’.
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.
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.
Maurice Boyd passed away earlier this year, and his poppy was instead accepted by his son John Boyd and daughter Christine Hodges.