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Armistice Day commemorations to be held on north's beaches

Images of soldiers and civilians who died in the First World War will be stencilled on beaches across Ireland and Britain as part of First World War commemorations

COMMEMORATIONS to mark the centenary of Armistice Day on November 11 are to be held on three beaches in counties Down, Derry and Donegal.

Murlough Beach in Co Down, Portstewart Strand and Downhill Beach in Co Derry, and Port Bán in Co Donegal will be among more than 30 beaches across Ireland and Britain to host special art projects created by film-maker Danny Boyle.

The public has been invited to take part in making sand portraits on the day.

Portraits of soldiers and civilians who died in the First World War will be stencilled in the sand before they are washed away by the tide as part of Boyle's Pages of the Sea project.

Murlough Beach will be the first beach in the UK to host a sand portrait, followed by Downhill Beach.

Those who will be celebrated include Dundrum-born John McCance, who died at Passchendaele, and nurse Rachel Ferguson from Moneymore, Co Derry.

A poem written by poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy will be read as part of the commemorations.

For more information visit www.pagesofthesea.org.uk

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