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Somme and Tobruk remembered

Published: Tue, 5 Jul 2016
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Unveiling of the new artwork back Row (L-R) Steven Munn, David McAlonan, Jim Wilson and Cllr Jimmy Menagh. Front row (L-R) are Amanda Ashe, Pastor George Scott, Jim Shannon MP and George Campbell.
Ards Scrabo artwork launch
New artwork for Scrabo estate has been unveiled.
The new artwork commemorates the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme (WW1) and‎ 75th anniversary of the Battle of Tobruk (WW2).
Scrabo Residents Association/REACH Project worked in partnership with us, which funded the artwork, to develop the new piece. The original mural had fallen into disrepair and local people were keen for its restoration as it was a reminder to residents of Northern Ireland’s link to the Somme. The new look now also acknowledges the link between Northern Ireland and the Battle of Tobruk in which the Fifth Light Anti-Aircraft Battery was involved.
Owen Brady, our local Area Manager, said:
“Scrabo Residents Association has been extremely active in creating a vibrant estate and welcoming environment. This latest work is a testament to their initiative and I am pleased we were able to support it.”
David McAlonan, Chairperson of Scrabo Residents’ Association, said:
“I am pleased to say the new mural has been well received by our estate’s residents, especially our senior residents who have expressed their appreciation of the project to Scrabo Residents’ Association.  
“On behalf of the residents’ association I would like to thank the Housing Executive and everyone who helped in the production of the new mural which has turned out to be such a great success.”