The Fallen are remembered on VE Day

Mayor, Councillor Thomas Beckett with Chief Executive of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council, Dr Theresa Donaldson
Mayor, Councillor Thomas Beckett with Chief Executive of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council, Dr Theresa Donaldson

A beacon lighting ceremony was held at Lagan Valley Island Centre, to mark the 70th anniversary of VE Day, when peace was restored in Europe after six years of war.

The building was also lit up red over the three-day anniversary period which ran from May 8 to 10, to mark the occasion.

Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council joined with the Lisburn Branch of the Royal British Legion, Mayor, Councillor Thomas Beckett, and the Lisburn Branch of the Royal British Legion, with elected members of the council and the Council’s Chief Executive, Dr Theresa Donaldson.

Lisburn Mayor, Councillor Thomas Beckett, said: “We welcome this important anniversary and what it signifies.

“This is the celebration of peace; which was hard-fought and which saw much sacrifice.

“Those who joined the war effort, were involved in active service are honoured for their courage.

“The contributions of men and women who worked to produce food, uniforms, munitions, medical support, who worked in agriculture, factories and shipyards are remembered.”

Northern Ireland made much contribution to the war effort.

The establishment of airfields at Maghaberry and RAF Long Kesh saw servicemen and women come to Lisburn and many lives were changed forever during the six long years of war.

Castle Gardens was home to an Air Raid Shelter and Castlereagh, alongside neighbouring Belfast, was witness to the air-raids, which destroyed homes, buildings and strategic targets.