Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 24 April 2014

UVF pledges to replace paramilitary murals

THE UVF has revealed plans to replace all their paramilitary murals in housing estates and villages in Newtownabbey.

THE UVF has revealed plans to replace all their paramilitary murals in housing estates and villages in Newtownabbey.

The murals will be replaced by scenes depicting historical events in what the organisation calls an "attempt to ignite the flame of culture and historical awareness".

Work to change the murals is expected to begin in Monkstown, Ballyduff, Rathcoole and Glengormley.

Modern UVF murals in Monkstown have already been replaced with black and white paintings depicting events at the Somme in 1916 and Sir Edward Carson.

The initiative comes about following consultation between the UVF, PUP, Monkstown Community Resource Centre and the Housing Executive. Contact has also been made with the Somme Association and Ulster Scots Agency about plans for new cultural murals.

Local PUP representative Billy Greer said the new murals would help "enrich estates with history and culture".

He said: "This move was instigated because there was a lot of resources put into these estates by the Housing Executive to regenerate the communities.

"So we, along with various community groups, took this initiative to try and help create a better living environment for people."

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