Remembering the Somme

A commemoration was held on Sunday (June 30) near Carrickfergus to mark 103 years since the Battle of Somme.

In attendance there was representation from the Navy, Army and Air Force with young people adding poignancy to the formal ceremonies by laying wreaths at the memorial in their own contribution to remembrance.

The new Lord-Lieutenant for County Antrim, Mr David William McCorkell, was also present in one of his first official engagements in the role.

The ceremony was held in the shadow of the Knockagh Monument which bears the names of those who lost their lives in 1916.

Mayor Councillor Maureen Morrow, said: “Council was very proud to play a part in the organising of this ceremony and the ever-growing attendance.

“It’s important that the spirit of selflessness that the soldiers of the Somme epitomised is seen and recognised for years to come.”

The remembrance event was organised by Mid and East Antrim Borough Council in conjunction with a cross-county committee formed to restore, maintain and continue the commemorative use of the giant obelisk at Knockagh which is visible for many miles.

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