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Editor's Viewpoint: Feather in our cap

Given the heroic contribution made in both World Wars by men and women from Northern Ireland, it is ironic that the native to make possibly the greatest difference was a homing pigeon, born and bred in Carnlough, which flew back from the Normandy beaches on D-Day carrying vital information on Nazi gun positions.

Paddy the Pigeon's exploits are now set to be remembered by a 'fly-past' of his feathered successors from those same beaches.

At a time when we are remembering The Few of the RAF who repelled the German airforce in the Battle of Britain, it is fitting that another brave flier should also get his place in the sun.

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