Burnside Ulster Scots organise WWI commemoration events

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This year sees the 100th anniversary of the beginning of World War One which saw many lives lost and many more men returning home scared for the rest of their lives.

Families across the United Kingdom were left with empty places at their table with the loss of loved ones who would never return home.

Many young men from Antrim and the surrounding areas left their homes and families to join the army to serve their King and Country in the battle fields of France and across Europe.

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the beginning of World War One, Burnside Ulster-Scots are organising a programme of events entitled from the Sixmilewater to Ancre.

The festival will start this Thursday, May 29 at Burnside Orange Hall and will continue over four days until June 1, concluding on Saturday, June 7 with a memorial five-a-side football tournament on the 3G pitch at Burnside.

The commemoration will take the form of an extensive exhibition of WW1 artefacts, a reconstructed trench system and other related memorabilia.

On show will be items from Gary Campbell and John Pattison’s extensive collections. An education centre will also be on site where local historian Davy Gourley will be on hand to guide us through the events and battles from 1914-1918.

Other events include a Variety concert, a Regimental dinner, a Drum Head Service and on May 31, a parade of banners and other activities for all the family.

A spokesman for the Ulster-Scots group stated: “While we have these events are taking place over these two weekends a major part of our project involves some of our members helping local school children to research the lives of local lads who went to war, we want to help the children understand how such a world wide event impacted on the lives of people living in small communities like Antrim and Muckamore.”

Anyone interested in finding out more information on these events can ring 07759274110.

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