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World War One mural unveiled

Published: Fri, 12 Dec 2014
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The official unveiling of the new mural in Drumatara, Ballee
Balee mural
A mural marking the sacrifices of World War One has been unveiled in Ballymena.
The Seven Towers Community Cultural & Educational Association secured funding from our Cohesion Unit to create the education and historical mural, situated on a gable wall in Drumatara in Ballee.
The Association has recently completed good relations training on the Building Relationships in Communities (bric) project, a unique collaboration between the Housing Executive, the Rural Development Council and Tides training.
As part of that the group has been working on an exchange programme bringing those from a Loyalist or Republican background together to explore their shared history.
The group decided they would like to reimage a mural in Drumtara and focus on the historical significance of the war.
Trevor Parkhill, Co-Ordinator of the Seven Towers Community Cultural & Educational Association said:
“The mural depicts a soldier during World War One to recognise the sacrifice that local people, from all communities, made.
“The response from the community has been fantastic and everyone involved has been very progressive in their thinking. This is a historical mural and it is timely that it has been created during the centenary year of the war.”
Chris Davies, our Cohesion Advisor, said:
“We are involved in a number of reimaging projects. Partnership working is vital in enhancing community cohesion so we were delighted to be able to support this project.
“Community cohesion is very important here, and we have been working for some time to build on relationships in the area and foster a safe living environment for everyone.  We will continue to build on the very positive work being carried out in Ballymena.”