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Causeway Coast & Glens presents silver poppies of remembrance to WWII veterans


Women’s Auxiliary Air Force Leading Aircraftwoman Gwen Harvey receives her silver Poppy of Remembrance from the Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council Alderman Mark Fielding and Veterans’ Champion Councillor Michelle Knight McQuillan.

A series of bespoke silver Poppies of Remembrance have been presented to World War II veterans by the Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council.


Alderman Mark Fielding said it was an honour to meet the individuals, their family members and carers ahead of Remembrance Sunday.


Together with Council’s Veterans’ Champion Councillor Michelle Knight McQuillan the Mayor hand delivered the specially commissioned poppies to recipients from a number of service areas including the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force, the Royal Air Force, the Royal Navy, the Royal Irish Fusiliers and the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers.


Alderman Mark Fielding said: “It was a privilege for me to hand deliver these beautiful silver poppies as a token of our gratitude for these men and women and the role they played during World War II.


“We are extremely proud of our strong military links and this gesture highlights how the people of our Borough were to the fore during the significant events of 75 years ago.


“As we look ahead to Remembrance Sunday, we want to convey our continued thanks to those whose selfless sacrifice and bravery helped to secure the freedom we enjoy today. Our veterans are a very special part of our community, and this opportunity will remain with me as a highlight of my Mayoral year.”


The presentation of the poppies followed a motion proposed by Councillor Alan McLean in August 2019 which called for all surviving veterans of World War II, including those in the Merchant Navy, resident in the Borough to be presented with a commemorative Poppy of Remembrance to ‘mark their service in the fight against Fascism and Nazism’.


Royal Air Force Flight Lieutenant Geoff Bainbridge pictured with his silver Poppy of Remembrance, alongside his daughter Lorna Gough and Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council Alderman Mark Fielding.

John Boyd and Christine Hodges pictured at Limavady War Memorial as they accept a silver Poppy of Remembrance on behalf of their late father Royal Navy Able Seaman Maurice Boyd who passed away earlier this year from the Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council Alderman Mark Fielding and Veterans’ Champion Councillor Michelle Knight McQuillan

Royal Navy Able Seaman Thomas Clarence receives his silver Poppy of Remembrance from the Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council Alderman Mark Fielding and Veterans’ Champion Councillor Michelle Knight McQuillan.

Silver Poppy of Remembrance recipient Corporal Mollie Currie, Women’s Auxiliary Air Force, pictured with Brenda Cunningham from Killowen House, the Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council Alderman Mark Fielding and Veterans’ Champion Councillor Michelle Knight McQuillan.

Private John Duggan from the Royal Irish Fusiliers pictured with his Silver Poppy of Remembrance along with the Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council Alderman Mark Fielding, Veterans’ Champion Councillor Michelle Knight McQuillan and Laverne Quigg from The Court Care Home.

Sergeant Norman Irwin from the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers is presented with his silver Poppy of Remembrance by the Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council Alderman Mark Fielding and Veterans’ Champion Councillor Michelle Knight McQuillan.

Leading Aircraftman Lesley McGowan and his wife Betty pictured with Adenine Farr, Veterans’ Champion Councillor Michelle Knight McQuillan and the Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council Alderman Mark Fielding.

Rifleman Andrew Nicholl, Royal Ulster Rifles, displays his silver Poppy of Remembrance with his niece Andree Tweed alongside the Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council Alderman Mark Fielding and Veterans’ Champion Councillor Michelle Knight McQuillan.

Women’s Auxiliary Air Force Leading Aircraftwoman Margaret Robertston receives her silver Poppy of Remembrance from the Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council, Alderman Mark Fielding, and Veterans’ Champion Councillor Michelle Knight McQuillan.






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