Somme coin on sale to mark centenary of battle

Portadown District Master Darryl Hewitt presents First Minister Arlene Foster MLA with the commemorative coin marking the anniversary of the Battle of the Somme
Portadown District Master Darryl Hewitt presents First Minister Arlene Foster MLA with the commemorative coin marking the anniversary of the Battle of the Somme

A specially minted coin marking the Battle of the Somme has been created.

Orangemen in Portadown launched the coin to mark the centenary of the devastating battle, which began in summer 1916.

The coin contains images of Somme tributes including the Ulster Tower and the Orange Order memorial

The coin contains images of Somme tributes including the Ulster Tower and the Orange Order memorial

One of the coins has already been presented to DUP First Minister Arlene Foster.

As the Co Armagh Twelfth demonstration will be held in Portadown this July, the coin also reflects this important occasion for the district.

The coin costs £6, and can be obtained by contacting district chairman Alan Burns.

He said they had initially ordered 4,000, adding that the items are selling well (with someone having recently bought a batch of 50) – with the possibility of more being ordered.

The other side recognises the Co Armagh Twelfth demonstration which will be held in Portadown this year

The other side recognises the Co Armagh Twelfth demonstration which will be held in Portadown this year

He can be reached on 07732 834480.