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The Ulster Tower

Commemoration Services

There are two short services of commemoration held at the Ulster Tower every year.

The first is held in the early afternoon of the 1st July, and the second on the morning of Armistice.

The 1st July is an important date on the Ulster Calender and the service brings politicians and servicemen alike to the Tower. The odd Orange sash will be seen but you will also hear lots of French voices as well.

Everybody is more than welcome to come along.

Of course even in July there is the risk that putting so many people from the Emerald Isle together in the one field will bring on the rain.

Unlike Saturday 1st July 1916 which was an absolute scorcher of a summer’s day in recent years we have seen our fair share of the wet stuff.


Some photos from recent years

July 2012

The parade arrives The Band of the Royal Irish Regiment (TA) The opening welcome by Dr S Adamson OBE The Thiepval Memorial in the background Enjoying the afternoon sunshine Phoebe and Teddy Colligan Carol Walker, Director of the Somme Association An important commemoration for the Orangemen The Rev Canon Alex Cheevers Wreaths on behalf of the Royal Irish, Irish and French defence forces Teddy Colligan on behalf of the Somme Association For the CWGC Somebody forgot to tell everyone to sit down again Canon Cheevers leads an a capella version of Onward Christian Soldiers Are they coming yet ? Members of the Passendale Pipe Band

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July 2011

The Colour Guard of the 2nd Bn Royal Irish Regiment One of the French Cadets Waiting on the parade The Ulster Tower The Irish Army representative It was a very hot afternoon The Guard of Honour The Band of the Royal Irish Regiment The standards arrive Regimental Pipers The Colour Guard of the 2nd Bn Royal Irish Regiment Peter Robinson MLA, First Minister The reading during the drum head service They shall grow not old... The Last Post It's a long way up One of the pipe banners

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July 2010

The parade arrives A young standard bearer Phoebe and Teddy Colligan British and Irish Officers British and French Cadets Trying to keep out of the sun Bandsman A reflected view Orangemen in the shade Leading the service of commemoration The Last Post The lament Concentration Waiting to lay their wreaths In charge of the French cadets A marine waits his turn Awaiting the departure of the parade The band marches out

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On the opposite side of the Ancre and within view of the tower you can see Ancre Cemetery where many of the Royal Irish Fusiliers are buried following their attack on the 1st July 1916.

Within the immediate area