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Thousands turn out to pay tribute to war dead

By Shauna Corr

Thousands gathered at war memorials across North Down and Ards over the weekend to remember those who have laid down their lives in conflicts the world over.

Services in Bangor, Holywood, Newtownards and along the peninsula saw local people stand side-by-side with troops both past and present, fire and police services, the Royal British Legion, Coastguard, MLAs and local councillors, among others.

North Down DUP MLA Gordon Dunne who attended the Holywood Remembrance service along with over 500 others on Sunday said: "I would like to commend all those who took part in the Remembrance Services right across North Down in recent days.

"I was delighted at the large numbers of people who came out to show their support and I would like to take this opportunity to thank the people of North Down who came out to remember, reflect and respect all those who have sacrificed so much for us today. I would also like to thank and pay tribute to all the service personnel, North Down Borough Council, PSNI, Fire Service, schools, Cadets, Boys and Girls Brigades and all other local organisations who helped in the recent local remembrance services across North Down."

At the Holywood event the first wreath was laid by Deputy Mayor, Cllr Jennifer followed by Alderman Alan Graham who laid the Dunville wreath.

A large contingent of regular and TA soldiers from Palace Barracks and Kinnegar paid their respects along with the Mercian Regiment and Royal Logistics Corp (RLC).

Wreaths were also laid by the PSNI, Fire Service, Cadet Force, Orange Order, Sullivan Upper School, Priory College, Boys Brigade, Girls Brigade and Scouts.

Lord Mayor of North Down, Cllr Andrew Muir, attended what is thought to be the largest Remembrance service yet in Bangor. He said: "I laid a wreath at the war memorial in Ward Park. On Remembrance Sunday I am focused on remembrance, reflection and respect."

A spokesman for the Royal British Legion in Bangor added: "It was an excellent day, attended by just over 900 people. It's reckoned to be the largest parade ever at the cenotaph in Bangor.

"There were two bands consisting of members of the Army Reserve, regimental associations and youth organisations which included Sea Cadets, Army Cadets and Air Cadets.

"It was held in excellent weather and the salute was taken by the Deputy Lieutenant for Co Down, Dr L. O'Hagen."

A spokesperson for the PSNI said: "C District police officers were proud to participate in a number of Remembrance Sunday ceremonies right across the district."

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