Belfast Telegraph

Somme fallen remembered

Around 200 ex service men and women, civic representatives and Chelsea Pensioners have commemorated those from County Antrim and from across Ireland who fought in the Battle of the Somme in 1916.

Local MP Sammy Wilson was also at the now annual ceremony revived by the locally-based Whiteabbey Royal British Legion over a decade ago.

The service was conducted by the Rev Dr Sam Grant, who also underlined the continuing sacrifice of service personnel in Afghanistan, as the Last Post was sounded and wreaths were laid and the traditional two-minute silence observed at the County Antrim War Memorial, Knockagh.

The salute at a short parade afterwards was taken by the Queen's official representative, Joan Christie, the Lord-Lieutenant of Co Antrim.

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