Lisburn to pause and remember the fallen

LISBURN will fall silent on Sunday as the city pauses to remember all those who made the supreme sacrifice in two world wars and many subsequent conflicts, including Afghanistan and Iraq.

The main parade in Lisburn will gather at the Royal British Legion in Sackville Street at 10.30am. The parade will then move off and make its way along Wallace Avenue, Railway Street and Castle Street to the war memorial, where a wreath laying ceremony will be held and a minute's silence observed at 11am.

Following the laying of wreaths by the Royal British Legion and representatives of the armed forces and youth associations, the parade will make its way through the city centre to St Paul's Church for a remembrance service. Following the service the parade will return to Sackville Street.

Elsewhere in the city there will be smaller remembrance ceremonies held. Lisburn's Mayor Alderman Paul Porter will be attending wreath laying ceremonies in Seymour Hill at 9am, Hilden at 10am and Lisburn at 11am. The Hillsborough councillors and Deputy Mayor, Councillor Brian Heading will be attending the ceremony in Hillsborough village at 11am.

This week the Mayor, Alderman Paul Porter, helped to launch this year's Poppy Appeal and urged residents in Lisburn to support the appeal. "The Poppy Appeal provides people with a tangible way in which they can express their gratitude to those individuals who have fought selflessly for the safety of others and I'd like to thank all our residents who continue to support this very special Appeal," said Mr Porter.

"The Royal British Legion is the UK's leading charity providing financial, social and emotional support to millions who have served or are currently serving in the Armed Forces, and their dependants. Last year the residents of Northern Ireland raised a total of 1,063,138.28 to support this cause through the Poppy Appeal.

"There are the names of dozens of Lisburn soldiers who once walked our streets, engraved on our beautiful War Memorial in Castle Street. I think we all have a duty to turn out on Remembrance Sunday to honour their memory," he concluded.

Members of the Ladies Section of the Royal British Legion in Lisburn with Mayor Alderman Paul Porter, Alderman Ivan Davis and Councillor William Leathem.

Billy and Ann Hood from the local Texaco Garage, present a cheque for 300 to Ivan McCammon (Poppy Organiser). The money was raised by the sale of poppies.

The Mayor of Lisburn, Alderman Paul Porter purchases the first Poppy from Anne Hood, President of the Women's Section, Lisburn Branch, Royal British Legion. Also present are: (l-r) Councillor William Leathem, Chairman of the Council's Corporate Services Committee and Alderman Ivan Davis