Businesses thanked for contribution towards tributes to Fallen

MEA Mayor Lindsay Millar with Lord Leuitenant Joan Christie at the Castle display.
MEA Mayor Lindsay Millar with Lord Leuitenant Joan Christie at the Castle display.

The organisers of a series of tributes to Carrick’s war dead have thanked local businesses who contributed towards the project.

Carrickfergus UDR Association, along with the Carrick branch of the Royal British Legion and the Friends of the 36th created the town centre displays to commemorate those who lost their lives during the First World War.

A display at Carrick Castle includes a wooden cross, a ‘Ghost Tommy’ sculpture and around 150 miniature poppy crosses, surrounded by sandbags reminiscent of war-time trenches.

“Each of the crosses has the name of a soldier from the borough of Carrickfergus who never returned home from the war,” explained Stephen Weir, chairman of Carrickfergus UDR Association.

“It’s just our way of paying tribute to the lives that were lost.

“We want to say a massive thank you to all the local businesses who helped out by supplying materials like paint and timber.”

The displays will remain until the end of August and will be put in place again around Remembrance Sunday, he added.