I would like to express my gratitude to Belfast City Council for putting on a truly memorable event in the City Hall on Tuesday, September 4. The event, Belfast Remembers, was an evening of music and reading to commemorate the part Belfast and its citizens played in the First and Second World Wars.
Led by Anne Hailes, a team of people read moving extracts from letters, books and newspapers about the wars and brought to life the experiences of ordinary people during those dreadful days. The musical director was Brian Connor and his choice of songs, beautifully performed by Mairead Nesbitt and Suzanne Savage, was evocative and appropriate.
I don't think there was a dry eye in the house at the end of Suzanne's singing of The Green Fields of France.
It was a truly inspired initiative on the part of the Lord Mayor's office to put on this event and it would be a tragedy if it was not to be performed again.
It should be repeated on an annual basis so that others can share a wonderful experience that held the audience spellbound.
It was the best history event that I have ever been to. Thank you again to the organisers and please, put it on again for all who did not have the good fortune to be there.
Proud Citizen Belfast