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Young people take part in peace pledge

Published 22/09/2016

James Hamber from Rowandale Intergrated Primary School, Moria places a pledge on the peace tree at the Amazing the Space event
James Hamber from Rowandale Intergrated Primary School, Moria places a pledge on the peace tree at the Amazing the Space event

Thousands of young people have taken part in a major cross-community gathering to call for a more peaceful future at home and across the world.

The Amazing the Space event at the Maze/Long Kesh site near Lisburn fused musical performances from local young people with messages from international speakers with experience of living in conflict zones.

The initiative, held on the UN's International Day of Peace, was the brainchild of high-profile cleric Dr David Latimer, from Derry First Presbyterian Church, and has been developed with the support of Co-operation Ireland and the Stormont Executive.

A number of pupils read out "peace pledges" made by their schools, which were attached to a specially designed Peace Pledge Tree. This 4.5 metre (15ft) stainless steel sculpture, designed by artist Maurice Harron, is set to become a piece of public art at the site.

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