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Late Members Run

Saturday 17th May 2014.

The Late Members Run this year was a run to the Somme Heritage Centre in Newtownards followed by a meal at the Bryansburn Inn, Bangor

We met up at the Clarion Hotel at 12Noon for a 12:30 start.  The route to the the Somme Centre was supposed to take us into Belfast and over the hills at Craigantlet and down into Newtownards but Norman had been informed that some of the roads had been closed for resurfacing so we travelled up the main Newtownards Road direct arriving a bit early.  This give us time for tea / coffee before the tour started.

This is not the largest Museum I have been too, but is very thought provoking.  The museum tour tells the story of the Somme from just before the start of the 1st World War.  This is from the Irish Soldiers point of view. (both sides as the border did not exist back them)

As you where led around the first part of the museum the story was told in stages from the recruitment office to the trenches, with layouts of how you would have been recruited, to conditions in the trenches and the battleground with both original artifacts and video footage.

The secound part of the museum was a collection form the battleground itself as well as the stories behind them.

When you realise how many irish men and women lost their lives and seeing the conditions they fought, lived and died in, it makes you appreciate the sacrafice that they made.

After the museum we went to the Bryansburn Inn to relax and enjoy an excellent meal.  With Roast Beef, Chicken and Salmon on the menu there was enough there to keep everybody happy.  (Yes, including Brian)

The Late Members Run Sheild for the best turned out car was chossen by the manager of the Bryansburn Inn and went to Walter Irvine, who was driving his Black Rover P4.

Many thanks to Norman Neill for taking the time and effort for organising this run.

Photo's and Report by Andrew Leckey
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