Picture : Maurice Bradley
A memorial to those who served in the UDR will be unveiled later this year in Coleraine. A parade and reception are also planned for the unveiling.
Fundraising for the memorial will begin in the middle of January. The memorial will be placed at the front of the town hall.
The plaque will form the shape of a Causeway Stone and will be inscribed with the UDR badge and the Conspicuous Gallantry Cross awarded by the Queen in 2006.
Speaking on behalf of the Coleraine UDR Branch Adrian Nicholl said “This morning starts the launch of fundraising from the UDR family. Coleraine is one of the few major towns in Northern Ireland with no commemoration to the role played by the Ulster Defence Regiment or the sacrifice made by the members of the regiment and their families”
Local MLA Maurice Bradley said ” I am delighted to see that it has got to this stage. It will be a fitting tribute to the bravery of those who put their lives on the line to ensure people like me slept safe at night. I look forward to the unveiling later this summer. I am grateful for the hardworking foresight to bringing this tribute to fruition”
Any donations can be left at : Office, 29E New Row, Coleraine.
The Ulster Defence Regiment was an infantry regiment of the British Army established in 1970, with a comparatively short existence ending in 1992.