Dr Ian Adamson remembered by Rathcoole group on Ulster Day

Rathcoole-based historical and cultural group Dalaradia held a short outdoor event on the evening of Monday, September 28 to mark Ulster Day.

Tuesday, 29th September 2020, 9:46 am
The gas light lamppost was donated by Ian Adamson and his business partner in Pretani Associates, Helen Brooker.

Held under Covid restrictions, a small number of people attended the event in the People’s Peace Park on Belfast’s Shore Road.

A plaque and Victorian lamppost were unveiled in memory of the group’s Patron, the late Dr Ian Adamson OBE.

The gas light lamppost was donated by Ian Adamson and his business partner in Pretani Associates, Helen Brooker as a memento of the community work carried out between the Dalaradia group and Dr Adamson before his passing.

This Victorian gas light lamppost was refurbished at Patterson’s Spade Mill and by volunteers at The Hubb Community Centre which is Northern Ireland’s last remaining Civil Défense Hall from the Great War.

A spokesperson for the organisers said: “Dr Adamson spearheaded the Somme memorials to the 10th, 16th and 36th Divisions, being Vice Chair of the Somme Association and the lamppost’s position adjacent to the Somme Memorial Park on Shore Road is most appropriate.

“Dalaradia also remembered Dr Adamson’s life-long career as a children’s doctor in Belfast working tirelessly for the health and wellbeing of all and hope that the lamppost will serve as a beacon of light towards a brighter future as we struggle to come out of the global Covid pandemic and provide a quiet space for reflection for the local community as they take rest on the benches in the Peace Park.

“The lamppost will be lit by candle each Remembrance Day as Dalaradia members lay wreaths to remember all those who perished in the World Wars.”


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