Crowds gather to remember the fallen

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The wet weather didn’t deter the crowds from turning out in Ballyclare and Whiteabbey for the annual Remembrance Sunday parades.

In Ballyclare, Mayor Thomas Hogg took the salute as the parade passed by the town hall, while Deputy Mayor John Blair represented the council at the annual remembrance event in Whiteabbey.

Cadet Mark Townsley and his grandfather John McCormick, President of the Royal British Legion in Ballyclare, get ready to lay a wreath at the cenotaph during Sunday's Remembrance Day service in Ballyclare's War Memorial Park. INNT 46-525CON Pic by Trevor McCusker

Cadet Mark Townsley and his grandfather John McCormick, President of the Royal British Legion in Ballyclare, get ready to lay a wreath at the cenotaph during Sunday's Remembrance Day service in Ballyclare's War Memorial Park. INNT 46-525CON Pic by Trevor McCusker

Church services were followed by wreath laying ceremonies at the war memorials in both areas.

Service personnel, veterans, Royal British Legion representatives and local political and community representatives were among those who took part in the events to remember those who served in two World Wars and subsequent conflicts.

As Remembrance Sunday commemorations took place across Northern Ireland, Cadets and Army Reserve soldiers from Newtownabbey paid their respects to the nation’s fallen at the solemn act of remembrance at Belfast’s Cenotaph.

They joined the hundreds who stood in the rain at the Garden of Remembrance at City Hall to observe a two-minutes silence and lay wreaths in memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

Whitehouse ACF Detachment Commander, Lieutenant Roger Moore began his association with the Detachment as a teenager. On Sunday he was proud to see his children, Cadet Sergeant Emily (17) and Cadet Corporal Harry (15), follow in family tradition as the trio were on duty together for Remembrance Sunday in Belfast. INNT 46-544CON

Whitehouse ACF Detachment Commander, Lieutenant Roger Moore began his association with the Detachment as a teenager. On Sunday he was proud to see his children, Cadet Sergeant Emily (17) and Cadet Corporal Harry (15), follow in family tradition as the trio were on duty together for Remembrance Sunday in Belfast. INNT 46-544CON

On Wednesday morning, November 11, the Carnmoney/Glengormley branch of the Royal British Legion held its annual Armistice Day service at Lilian Bland Community Park in Glengormley.

Armed Forces personnel, veterans and RBL representatives were joined by local clergy and political and community leaders as they laid wreaths at the town’s war memorial and observed a two-minutes silence in memory of those killed in the service of their country.

Meanwhile, North Belfast MP and DUP Westminster leader Nigel Dodds laid a wreath at the Field of Remembrance event in the grounds of Westminster Abbey on November 5. Mr Dodds met veterans from the UDR and widows from the RUC Widows and George Cross Association at the remembrance service.

• See Remembrance Sunday coverage in this week’s Times (on sale now)

• Ballyclare pics by Trevor McCusker, Whiteabbey and Glengormley pics by Shirley O’Neill