Major Nicholas Barne LVO
14th June 01
On the 1st July 01 we will be celebrating the 85th Anniversary of the Battle of the Somme at the Ulster Tower, Thiepval, France.
The following dignitaries will be attending:
First Minister of Northern Ireland, Rt. Hon. David Trimble, MP
Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, The Rt. Hon. Dr John Reid
The Minister of Finance & Personnel for Northern Ireland, Mr Mark Durkan, MLA
Mr G. McLaughlin, Head of the Civil Service, Northern Ireland
General Officer Commanding Land Forces Northern Ireland, Lt. Gen. A.S.H. Irwin, CBE
The British Ambassador to France, Sir Michael Jay, KCMG
The Lord O’Neill, TD, The Lord Lieutenant for County Antrim
Lord Rogan of Lower Iveagh, Patron of the Somme Association
The Marchioness of Dufferin & Ava, Patron of the Somme Association
Major W. Hall, JP, The Lord Lieutenant for County Down
Madame Potié, Maire de Thiepval
Representatives of the French Government
Representatives of the four main Churches in Northern Ireland
Dr. S.I.G. Adamson, Chairman of the Somme Association
We would be highly honoured if Her Royal Highness, Princess Alice, Duchess of Gloucester, our Honorary President, would consider sending a message to be read at the commemoration ceremony. I enclose her last message of 1st July 1991 on the occasion of the 75th Anniversary of the Battle of the Somme, which was the highlight of that occasion.
Every good wish.
Councillor Dr S.I.G. Adamson OBE, MLA