Picture special: Somme Centenary Concert and parade

Mayor of Mid and East Antrim Borough, Councillor Audrey Wales MBE, Aled Jones and Chief Executive Anne Donaghy at the Battle of the Somme Centenary Festival of Remembrance held in the shadow of Carrickfergus Castle to an audience of 4000 people. Organised by Mid and East Antrim Borough Council. Pic: Paul McCambridge
Mayor of Mid and East Antrim Borough, Councillor Audrey Wales MBE, Aled Jones and Chief Executive Anne Donaghy at the Battle of the Somme Centenary Festival of Remembrance held in the shadow of Carrickfergus Castle to an audience of 4000 people. Organised by Mid and East Antrim Borough Council. Pic: Paul McCambridge

Carrickfergus Castle provided a spectacular backdrop for the Somme Centenary Concert held on Friday night.

4,000 people were in attendance to watch Aled Jones give a musical tribute as part of a three-hour spectacular free concert marking the service and sacrifice of Irish soldiers during the Battle of the Somme.

Irish Guards prepare to accompany acclaimed vocalist Aled Jones as he performs at the Battle of the Somme Centenary Festival of Remembrance held in the shadow of Carrickfergus Castle to an audience of 4000 people. Organised by Mid and East Antrim Borough Council. Pic: Paul McCambridge

Irish Guards prepare to accompany acclaimed vocalist Aled Jones as he performs at the Battle of the Somme Centenary Festival of Remembrance held in the shadow of Carrickfergus Castle to an audience of 4000 people. Organised by Mid and East Antrim Borough Council. Pic: Paul McCambridge

The concert followed a military and veterans parade through the town.

The parade was led by the Band of the Irish Guards and also feature the band, bugles, pipes and drums of the Royal Irish Regiment as well as a wreath-laying ceremony at the War Memorial.

Irish Guards at the Battle of the Somme Centenary Festival of Remembrance held in the shadow of Carrickfergus Castle to an audience of 4000 people. Organised by Mid and East Antrim Borough Council. Pic: Kealan McCambridge

Irish Guards at the Battle of the Somme Centenary Festival of Remembrance held in the shadow of Carrickfergus Castle to an audience of 4000 people. Organised by Mid and East Antrim Borough Council. Pic: Kealan McCambridge

Acclaimed vocalist Aled Jones performs at the Battle of the Somme Centenary Festival of Remembrance held in the shadow of Carrickfergus Castle to an audience of 4000 people. Organised by Mid and East Antrim Borough Council. Pic: Paul McCambridge

Acclaimed vocalist Aled Jones performs at the Battle of the Somme Centenary Festival of Remembrance held in the shadow of Carrickfergus Castle to an audience of 4000 people. Organised by Mid and East Antrim Borough Council. Pic: Paul McCambridge

Mayor of Mid and East Antrim Borough, Councillor Audrey Wales MBE and Her Majesty the Queen's Lord Lieutenant, Joan Christie OBE at the Battle of the Somme Centenary Festival of Remembrance held in the shadow of Carrickfergus Castle to an audience of 4000 people. Organised by Mid and East Antrim Borough Council. Pic: Kealan McCambridge

Mayor of Mid and East Antrim Borough, Councillor Audrey Wales MBE and Her Majesty the Queen's Lord Lieutenant, Joan Christie OBE at the Battle of the Somme Centenary Festival of Remembrance held in the shadow of Carrickfergus Castle to an audience of 4000 people. Organised by Mid and East Antrim Borough Council. Pic: Kealan McCambridge

The Band of the Irish Guards at the Battle of the Somme Centenary Festival of Remembrance held in the shadow of Carrickfergus Castle to an audience of 4000 people. Organised by Mid and East Antrim Borough Council. Pic: Paul McCambridge.

The Band of the Irish Guards at the Battle of the Somme Centenary Festival of Remembrance held in the shadow of Carrickfergus Castle to an audience of 4000 people. Organised by Mid and East Antrim Borough Council. Pic: Paul McCambridge.