Belfast Telegraph

Thousands pay tribute at Festival of Remembrance

More than 2,000 attended the annual Royal British Legion Festival of Remembrance at the Waterfront Hall in Belfast at the weekend.

Together they commemorated and celebrated the unique contribution made by service men and women since the First World War. 

The event welcomed representatives from across the community, including many key public figures from throughout the island of Ireland to commemorate the sacrifices made by local people. 

Guests included First Minister, Peter Robinson; Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant for the County Borough of Belfast; Dame Mary Peters and the Deputy Lord Mayor of Belfast, Alderman Christopher Stalford.

A number of World War II veterans took part in the Muster, including Mr Bob Wright BEM, an Army Commando Veteran and Mr Thomas Asher and Mr Charles McIntyre who both served in Belgium, Germany and North Africa during the Second World War. 

Speaking at the service, Army Commando Veteran Bob Wright (90) said: “It is an honour to take part in the service this evening and remember the sacrifices of those that fought and continue to fight in service of our nation.”

The Legion’s Area Manager, Brian Maguire said: “We have once again been overwhelmed by the support of the people of Northern Ireland and throughout the island of Ireland who have come from far and wide to take part in the act of remembrance this evening. 

“The Legion has been helping service people, past and present, for over 90 years, and although their needs have changed over time, the Legion’s work is as vital as ever. 

“The Royal British Legion will always be there to support the Armed Services, whenever or wherever they need help. Ticket and poppy sales from events such as these, make a significant contribution to the work we do.”

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