Travel is always interesting and often educational. By chance we’ve ended up in a place where a special event is occurring. Today we are in the Northern Ireland town of Carrickfergus. July 1 is the centennial of the first day of the Battle of the Somme. It was the Great War, WWI, and 20,000 British soldiers lost their lives in the first day of the battle. It continued for months with far more casualties.

There have been many memorials on TV today from different places in the UK. Here in Northern Ireland this is a big occasion. A major coast highway, A2, was closed for a parade that would start at 7PM. This was followed by a laying of wreaths at a memorial site and then an outdoor concert next to the castle.

Weather here is amazing. The sun shines, ten minutes later there’s a downpour and then the sun is out again. Watching people queue for the concert we see everyone wearing rain gear and carrying umbrellas although the sky is blue and the sun shines.

Parade in Carrickfergus

Parade in Carrickfergus

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