Somme service at Memorial Park

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The 98th anniversary of the opening day of the Battle of the Somme will be marked in Ballymena on Tuesday evening.

Members of the Royal British Legion, Naval, Army and Royal Air Force Associations should assemble at The Services Club at 6pm.

The Parade, led by Castlegore Band will step off at 6.30pm and march to the Memorial Gardens via Trostan Avenue, Castle Street, Bridge Street, Waveney Road and Galgorm Road. On arrival at the Memorial Gardens a Service of Remembrance will commence at approximately 6.50pm. The Service will be led by Rev William Sinclair, Ballymena 1st Presbyterian.

Following the short Service, Wreaths will be placed on the War Memorial. Afterwards, the Parade will reform and march back to the Services Club. The return route will be Galgorm Road, Lower Mill Street, Wellington Street, Church Street, Castle Street and Trostan Avenue.

The Mayor Cllr Mrs Audrey Wales MBE, will take the Salute at the Post Office on Wellington Street.