Beacon Nominations Are Open In Killyleagh

The search is on for 10 people who represent the very best of Killyleagh and Shrigley.
As part of the commemoration and celebration of the 100th anniversary of the end of the Great War, nominations are being sought for people who have made an outstanding contribution to local community life.
A final shortlist of 10 will be drawn up to help carry the town lantern that will be used to light the beacon of light on November 11.
The town is bidding to become one of the main sites in Northern Ireland for the chain of 1,300 World War One Beacons of Light. These are being lit across the UK to mark the end of the Great War at 7pm as part of the Battle’s Over remembrance.

Martin `Tina’ Charters, who will take part in the Beacon of Light commemoration in Killyleagh.

A spokesman for the Killyleagh remembers the Great War group said: “We are asking for the support of the communities of Killyleagh and Shrigley to nominate people, often unsung, who have volunteered or made a significant contribution to community life over many years. Or it may be that they have overcome adversity or a young person who has gone the extra mile to help others.

“The only conditions are that the person nominated is able to take part in the walk and they support the cross-community aims of the Killyleagh war project. There is no age restriction. A panel will be convened to help shortlist the 10 people who will be honoured on the night.
“The 10 ambassadors selected will be asked to take part in a relay in which the lantern is carried from Shrigley to Killyleagh, and through the main streets of the town.”
It is hoped the relay will include local schoolchildren and will feature the last surviving Second World War veteran still living in the town, Martin `Tina’ Charters.
Nominations, stating why you believe they deserve to carry the lantern, can be made by July 31 by posting on the Facebook page of the group or in writing to the:
group chairman, c/o 21 Annsfield Park, Killyleagh. BT30 9PS.