Council to help rescue war memorial project

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A WAR memorial commemorating Ballycarry residents who gave their lives in both world wars looks set to finally be erected in the village, thanks to a funding boost from Larne Council.

The project – which has been several years in the making – is being spearheaded by the village’s community association, who have identified 31 people from the village who died in the conflicts. The association has also raised over £6,000 and purchased a stone for the memorial from a firm in England.

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Ballycarry. INLT 03-302-PR

However, the long-awaited project was in jeopardy after a local stonemason who had agreed to carry out the work as a favour to the community went out of business, leaving the group with the task of finding around £5,000 to complete the scheme.

But Larne Borough Council appears to have salvaged the project, after it agreed to a request for match-funding of up to £5,000 to help with the construction and erection of the memorial.

It is planned that the village green memorial will feature a plaque honouring the memories of seven members of the Hutchinson family who were killed in the Belfast Blitz and who were buried in Ballycarry.