Antrim & Newtownabbey Celebrates Royal Air Force Centenary

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Antrim Market Square was brought to life on Tuesday 3 July as Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey, Councillor Paul Michael hosted an event to mark the RAF Centenary. Special guests included Lord Lieutenant of County Antrim, Mrs Joan Christie CVO OBE.

The Royal Air Force Salon Orchestra captivate the audience with a performance of musical excellence.

The night was off to a splendid start as the Royal Air Force Salon Orchestra captured the crowd with a performance of musical excellence. Local Community Courtyard Choir transported the audience back in time with their songs from yesteryear. Speaking about the history of wartime aviation, historian and member of the Ulster Aviation Society, Ernie Cromie shared his knowledge on the subject. The spectacular Swingtime Starlets had the audience bopping to the sound of songs from the 40’s Wartime Era, the Holywood Golden Age and Retro Pop whilst the Living History Group brought to life the Centenary years with their re-enactments.

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Mayor, Councillor Paul Michael commented “I am delighted to host this event and to recognise the contribution made by the Royal Air Force. It is fantastic to see so many people here this evening and I am thrilled that we were able to have the RAF Salon Orchestra here with us too. I would like to pass on my special thanks to them for making the journey over to Northern Ireland for this special occasion. Each of the acts have been truly sensational in tonight’s celebration of the RAF’s 100th birthday and I am looking forward to the events to come later this year to also commemorate this milestone.”

Later this year, the Council will be hosting a range of events to commemorate the 2018 Centenary of the End of the Great War.  For details on other Royal Air Force Centenary events visit here.

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