Terrorist attack simulated at Carrickfergus harbour

Royal Marine Reserves taking part in a simulated terrorist attack in Carrickfergus. INCT 25-059-GR
Royal Marine Reserves taking part in a simulated terrorist attack in Carrickfergus. INCT 25-059-GR

Thousands of people attended a weekend programme of events in Mid and East Antrim to mark Armed Forces Day 2015.

It commenced at Carrick waterfront with Royal Navy patrol ships, a flag raising ceremony, dramatic displays and Beating Retreat with the Band of the Royal Marines (Scotland).

The Mayor, Councillor Billy Ashe, said: “It was a fantastic success, and we had great support for all the events across the borough.

“Friday’s curtain raising event in Carrickfergus provided an exciting start to the celebrations, with a hive of activity at the castle and harbour. On Saturday, the focus was on Ballymena, with a parade through the town centre, followed by a wide ranging programme at the showgrounds.

“On Sunday, a reflective church service was held in Larne, as a fitting tribute to those serving and former service men and women, in addition to the work of the cadets.

“For me, the highlight was the Royal Marines Reserve sea rescue in Carrickfergus harbour. Crowds watched as commandos staged an amphibious assault demonstration, with simulated gun battle. The drama included commandos abseiling from the keep of Carrickfergus Castle – with the crowd cheering them on.

“It was encouraging to see such a large number of cadets from the three services taking part across the weekend of events – it is great to see such a strong future ahead.”