Residents gather to pay respects

Political and community representatives joined with residents, representatives from the Royal British Legion and local school pupils for the annual act of remembrance at Ypres Park. INNT 46-824CON
Political and community representatives joined with residents, representatives from the Royal British Legion and local school pupils for the annual act of remembrance at Ypres Park. INNT 46-824CON

Community and political representatives gathered for a well observed act of remembrance at Ypres Park on Armistice Day.

Speaking after the event, Jean Crawford said: “Every year on the eleventh of the eleventh at 11am, the friends and neighbours of Ypres Park come together around the memorial cairn for a simple act of remembrance for six young men from the park who sadly lost their lives through conflict.

“As the flag-bearer of Whiteabbey Royal British Legion, Jimmy Maxwell, took up his position, Mrs Jean Crawford opened proceedings by welcoming all to the occasion and reading out the names of all the young men who gave their lives and whose names are inscribed on plaques at the memorial trees around the circle.

“Cllr Paul Hamill laid the first wreath on behalf of Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council, Mr Bob Daly laid the second on behalf of the Royal British Legion and Mr Michael Pearson laid the third on behalf of the Ypres Park residents.

“After the bugler played the Last Post, the act of remembrance was observed with orations by Mr Bobby Loughran of the Whiteabbey branch of the Royal British Legion. Then two pupils from St James’ Primary School read out a tribute poem (Melani Biju and Jovial Vincent Gigy). Mrs Ann Pearson, resident of Ypres Park, thanked everyone for sharing in the service and looked forward to see everyone again next year.”