Community unites for a National Moment of Reflection
Updated: Sep 20
Hundreds came together at Mossley Mill and Antrim Castle Gardens, for a National Moment of Reflection last night, Sunday 18 September, on the eve of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s State Funeral.
As people mourn the loss of our Queen these poignant candle-lit services also provided an opportunity to look back and reflect on our late Queen’s legacy and give thanks for her 70 years of selfless duty.
It was fitting that music representing all four corners of the United Kingdom was played during the services by the Lowry string quartet; this included; Lord of the Church We Pray for our Renewing; Abide with Me, Guide Me O Thou Great Redeemer and Jerusalem.
At Mossley Mill the Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council, Alderman Stephen Ross paid tribute to our late Monarch saying:
“Queen Elizabeth II was a Queen for us all. She served us in this Borough, in Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales and England – her United Kingdom ,which since the sad news of her passing has been united in grief.
“She devoted her life to all the people of the United Kingdom and indeed the Commonwealth, and as we come together this evening in our Borough we share this moment with our fellow citizens across her United Kingdom to say Thank You Ma’am."
At the Platinum Jubilee Garden at Antrim Castle Gardens, The Deputy Mayor, Councillor Leah Smyth added:
“Just a few months ago it was an honour for me to attend the opening of this Platinum Jubilee Garden during the Platinum Jubilee weekend, which was commissioned as a lasting legacy to Her Majesty the Queen. A few short months later it is hard to believe that this evening, is the eve of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral.
“Her passing on Thursday 8 September was a moment we all knew would come but a moment we were not ready for. But as Her Majesty once said grief is the price we pay for love.”
A nationwide moment of silence was observed at 8pm joining millions across the United Kingdom to reflect and give thanks for the life of our late Queen Elizabeth II.
Both events concluded with the National Anthem.