Andy Allen MLA
I first met members of the Ancre Somme Association a number of years ago and I was moved by the passion and commitment they exerted to honour the men of the 36th Ulster Division. I remember one particular evening vividly, on the 28th June 2014 the Association organised “The Great War Commemoration Parade”. As we waited to form up for the parade, I looked around and the sight was quite remarkable, there were men dressed in period costume and I had to look twice as the resemblance to the brave men of the 36th Ulster Division was breathtaking.
Ancre Somme Association Honorary President
As Chairman of the Friends of Brownlow House, I have been privileged over many years to help and support the Ancre Somme Association.
They have been extremely active over the years promoting our shared history and highlighting the sacrifice of our young men and women during the Great war, through drama, poetry, written word, exhibitions and festivals. I look forward to joining with them in 2016 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme.
Carla Lockhart MLA
It is an honour and a privilege to hold the role of Ambassador for the Ancre Somme Association.
In today’s society more than ever we must all play a role in remembering and educating our young people about the sacrifice paid by our serving and ex-service personnel. We owe a great debt of gratitude to the men and women who were prepared to fight for our civil and religious liberties.
Being from Northern Ireland we think of all service personnel and innocent victims who in our own conflict paid the ultimate sacrifice whilst standing in the line of duty between law abiding citizens and terrorism.
Cllr Stephen Moutray
I first came in contact with The Ancre Somme Association some years ago as I was asked to facilitate a wreath laying event at the tomb of Lord Craigavon at Parliament Buildings, Stormont.
I am glad that I was able to oblige and indeed that this event has become an annual event in November each year. The Ancre Somme Association has over the past few years developed across the province and been a catalyst for arranging events and ceremonies appropriate to the Centenaries that as Unionists and Loyalists we wish to mark.
It never ceases to amaze me, the planning and effort the Ancre Somme Association makes in every occasion that it is involved in. I am very proud to be an Honorary member and wish them all the best for the future.