Councillors agree to fly flag as ‘thank you’ for ‘selfless’ work of emergency services throughout pandemic

The Emergency Services Flag.

A SPECIAL flag will fly from Ballymena Town Hall to mark ‘Emergency Services Day 2020’ this Wednesday September 9 with councillors saying the ceremony will be especially significant this year because of the work of emergency services like the NHS throughout the pandemic.

The Mayor of Mid & East Antrim Borough Council, Cllr Peter Johnston, said he would be hosting a ceremony on Wednesday to recognise all emergency services “including the selfless men and women who work and volunteer in the NHS and emergency services”.

This was the scene last year when councillors and others gathered to mark Emergency Services Day last year.

 

He said he would host a small socially-distanced ceremony where the flag would be raised at civic buildings which includes Ballymena Town Hall.

Larne Lough DUP councillor Gregg McKeen said it was especially important to recognise the emergency services this year because of the pandemic.

As such he said it was “really appropriate” to mark the occasion this year in light of the “great service” given in recent months.

Raising the flag would act as a “thank you” and recognition from the Council, he added.

Council Chief Executive Anne Donaghy said they already had the Emergency Services flags from previous years which would reduce the cost.

Alderman Gerardine Mulvenna (Alliance, Coast Road) said the work of the emergency services had been “incredible” and “magnificent” and it was “fantastic” that it was being recognised.

The initiative was backed by councillors at a meeting of the Council in Ballymena on Monday night.

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