Ards and North Down Council set tone for Northern Ireland centenary commemoration

A letter from John Hanna:

Thursday, 6th May 2021, 5:00 am
A council building in Newtownards is lit up to mark the centenary of Northern Ireland on May 4 2021, as were council buildings across Ards and North Down Council

I wish to thank Ards and North Down Council for lighting-up buildings across the borough in red and white for Northern Ireland’s Centenary on Monday.

The colours red and white have been synonymous with this part of the world for centuries, from the St Patrick’s Cross to the Ulster Banner.

While other parties chose to play politics, my party colleagues achieved cross-party and cross-community support to mark Northern Ireland’s Centenary.

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The approach taken serves as an example of inclusive commemoration and sets the tone for Northern Ireland’s new century.

My thanks to Councillor Philip Smith who proposed the motion and the Ulster Unionist councillors who united in support of it.

John Hanna Chair of Strangford Ulster Unionists

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