VE day marked in Coleraine and Dervock

Alison Millar Lord Lt Co Londonderry lays a wreath in Coleraine on Saturday at the war memorial to mark Victory Day.  Photo Kevin McAuley / McAuley Multimedia
Alison Millar Lord Lt Co Londonderry lays a wreath in Coleraine on Saturday at the war memorial to mark Victory Day. Photo Kevin McAuley / McAuley Multimedia

Although several socially remote wreath-laying ceremonies have taken place across Northern Ireland, few have been published, with the News Letter only informed of events in Coleraine town center and the Dervock War Memorial .

The Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens, who took part in both ceremonies, said: “Obviously the 75th anniversary was important, but every year must be remembered.

“I was not mayor for the 75th but it was also under socially distant regulations.

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Thomas Stirling and Keith Chare of Coleraine RBL in Coleraine on Saturday at the War Memorial to mark Victory Day. Photo Kevin McAuley / McAuley Multimedia

“I would say the commemorations would have been much larger if we weren’t under these restrictions.

“I was delighted to attend. I’m glad the Royal British Legion invited me.

Also participating in the social distancing commemoration, laying a wreath at Coleraine, was Lord Lieutenant for Co Londonderry Alison Millar.

The Royal British Legion is strong with the North West region with 12 branches in the Causeway Coast and Glens Borough City Council area.

Cllr Mark FiElding Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council and his wife Mayor Phylis presented a plaque to mark the formation of Dervock RBL who celebrated 100 years of George Black President during the laying of a wreath by the Mayor of Dervock at the monument to the dead to mark Victory in Europe Day on Saturday. Photo Kevin McAuley / McAuley Multimedia

The organization shares its centenary with that of Northern Ireland.

Mr Fielding said: ‘The Royal British Legion is 100 years old this year, which also coincides with the centenary of Northern Ireland.

“In acknowledging this, I am giving each Causeway Coast and Glens branch a framed presentation to mark the 100th anniversary of the Royal British Legion and the Centenary of Northern Ireland.

“Three branches – Dervock, Ballymoney and Bushmills – received theirs on Saturday, with the others showing this week.”

Victory in Europe Day – or “Victory in Europe Day” – marked the end of World War II when the struggle against Nazi Germany in Europe ended.

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