Mid and East Antrim councillors attend Battle of Britain remembrance service

David McCorkell (Lord Lieutenant County Antrim) and Maureen Morrow (MEA Mayor) meeting RAF Veterans before the Battle of Britain anniversary service

MID and East Antrim councillors were among those who attended a Battle of Britain Act of Remembrance service.

The Carrickfergus Branch of the Royal Air Force Association held its annual Act of Remembrance in Joymount Church with the new Lord Lieutenant of County Antrim, David McCorkell, as the Principal Guest.

Lord Lieutenant of County Antrim and MEA Mayor Maureen Morrow join RAF Association Veterans for the Battle of Britain Act of Remembrance

 

Wing Commander Noel Williams, Branch Chairman, said: “The event was to remember ‘The Few’, those airmen and airwomen, who had their finest hour between July and October 1940, when we kept our flying machines serviceable in order that our young pilots could defend our shores in the air and prevent the land invasion planned by Hitler.”

President Maureen Irwin said: “We were particularly pleased that the new Lord Lieutenant of County Antrim could join us with the Mid & East Antrim Mayor Cllr Maureen Morrow, accompanied by Deputy Mayor Alderman Beth Adger and other councillors were able to be present.

Carrickfergus RAF Association Members at the Annual Battle of Britain Remembrance Service

 

“The Lord Lieutenant informally ‘inspected the troops’ before the service when he chatted to veterans prior to entering the church.”

Mr David McCorkell said: “It was a great pleasure to support the RAF Association, particularly on such an occasion to represent Her Majesty and to lay a wreath in memory of our brave airmen and airwomen.

“Most of the aircrew whom we remembered were barely out of their teens during the Battle of Britain. The Reverend Richard Graham, delivered an excellent service and sermon during which he highlighted the importance of paying appropriate respect and keeping alive the memory of the brave airman and airwomen whose bravery defeated the evil that was attempting to overrun the UK during WWII.”

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