‘Get behind the Poppy Appeal’ urges Mayor

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The Mayor of Coleraine, councillor David Harding has urged the public to get behind this year’s Poppy Appeal.

Speaking last week, as Council agreed details on this year’s Remembrance Sunday services, Mayor Harding said: “The annual Poppy Appeal is a very significant time in our calendar; it is an opportunity to reflect on those brave people who have made the ultimate sacrifice for us. I would ask that residents of this Borough continue to give their support and get behind this year’s Poppy Appeal.

“Remembrance is not just about those who fought in the two World Wars of the last century, but is also about the servicemen and servicewomen involved in the many other conflicts that have taken place around the world since 1945. They continue to protect our peace and freedom today.”

The main commemoration will take place in Coleraine this year; in Portrush the Deputy Mayor the DUP’s Mark Fielding will represent Council. Councillor George Duddy will attend the Portstewart service, councillor Sam Cole will be in Kilrea, in Garvagh councillor Adrian McQuillan will attend, whilst councillor Holmes will be in Aghadowey, UUP councillor William King will attend the service in Castlerock on behalf of the Council.

At last Tuesday night’s meeting a proposal by DUP councillor George Duddy to have a permanent railing at the war memorial in Coleraine was agreed by members. Councillor Duddy said: “A permanent railing, like we have at other war memorials, will allow wreaths to be on permanent display.

* Council members will also be present at a short service at the war memorial on November 11 at 11am.