THE Royal British Legion will bring history to life at this year’s Northern Ireland Festival of Remembrance through a wonderful evening of reflection and remembrance, as a tribute to the lives lost at war, in the magnificent Belfast Waterfront Hall on Saturday 31stOctober 2015.
This year sees the 70th anniversary of many battles in the Second World War, and as a result the Festival of Remembrance will pay special honour to, and remember those who paid the ultimatesacrifice for our country.
George Black, the Legion’s Chairman in Northern Ireland, said, “This year, the 2015 Festival of Remembrance will honour those that fought in the Second World War. Many lives were lost and we feel that it is timely that we tell the story and reflect on what each soldier did for us over 70 years ago.”
“The evening can be very emotional and includes an extremely moving Service of Remembrance but it is also a celebration of those who I would certainly describe as the best in humanity, we owe them a great debt and it is only fitting that we take this opportunity to pay tribute to each and everyone of them.”
This year the Festival of Remembrance will welcome the elegant musical talent, Margaret Keys, along with the breath-taking sound of the Pipes and Drums and Band of The Royal Irish Regiment, who will both add a spectacular element to the entire evening as the songs of the war years will be remembered.
Internationally recognised, Irish classical crossover soprano Margaret Keys from Derry/Londonderry is known for her voice of pure beauty and warmth. Having sung with Russell Watson and Alfie Boe to audiences all over the world, Margaret is delighted to be singing back in Belfast.
“It’s a privilege to be asked to be part of the Festival of Remembrance in Belfast on 31st October 2015. It is well known that many of our ancestors fought and died during the war from all over Northern Ireland and indeed Ireland. It is wonderful to be able to play a part in not only commemorating that era but celebrating it too,” explained Margaret.
George Black explained, “Sometimes, it is easy to look at lists of names and not really appreciate the impact of wartime, especially for those who knew the fallen. This is why the Festival of Remembrance creates an atmosphere which permits guests to delve into the war years to learn in greater detail about the lives lived throughout the Second World War.
“I think it is important to remember all those lives that contributed to the Second World War and who were affected by it. These people lost a lot, some of them lost everything, and I think to be able to commemorate them, is the very least we can do.”
As the Festival of Remembrance approaches it is recommended that people book their tickets early, as this year is expected to follow its previous sell out records. Tickets for the Royal British Legion’s Festival of Remembrance 2015 at the Waterfront Hall go on sale onMonday 24th August at 9am and tickets are priced between £18 and £22.
“This is a truly remarkable event that saw a sold-out venue last year, and for those who wish to experience this special occasion, I would urge you to come along to this Festival of Remembrance as we remember the millions of people who died during the years of the Second World War.
“These men and women fought bravely for their country in the hope that such a war would not be repeated – they deserve, and will be, remembered.” concluded Mr Black.
To purchase Festival of Remembrance 2015 tickets and for further information please visit www.waterfront.co.uk.