UUP motion acknowledges 100th anniversary of WW1

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Councillors have unanimously backed a motion submitted by UUP councillor William McCandless calling for Council to acknowledge the 100th anniversary of the start of the World War One.

During Tuesday night’s meeting of Council, the UUP man called on Council to mark the centenary and to educate the Borough’s young people on the history of the war.

The motion was seconded by UUP councillor Norman Hillis, who said he was ‘glad’ that the motion had come before the Chamber. “If you don’t know where you’ve been, you don’t know where you are going - we need to pass on our history to future generations,” said councillor Hillis.

SDLP councillor Stephanie Quigley added: “It is so important that we remember the sacrifice made by these brave men and women, if we don’t how else will we teach our children the value of peace.”

The Mayor, councillor David Harding supported the motion, adding that discussions were ongoing between Council and the Royal British Legion about marking the anniversary. He said that a vigil was planned for August to mark the start of the war.