TIME LINE IS NOW 18th September 2016 and many years since I wrote this story. The time is now right for an update!
My wife and I, fed up with the heavy nausea extant in airports around the world and seemingly the eternal threat of being killed by terrorists of many organisations, decided this year to take our holiday in Northern Ireland and to do some serious research into this erstwhile troubled land, now, and fortunately, rapidly becoming a place of peace complimenting the sheer beauty of this province. I HIGHLY recommend a holiday there taking the culture trail with so much to see and learn about, that there is little time left in a two week stay to tarry-a-while drinking Guinness, although an evening [or two] is to be recommended to wander into select pubs to listen to top-of-the-shop Irish folk music.
Based on our wanderings, I am now in a position to post some changes to my original text. Hope that it all makes sense without altering the reason for my page over much.
To start off, scroll down a wee distance [as paddy would say] to "You can't 'seafarer than that' below.
Hello and welcome all.
This story is not necessarily about BELFAST Northern Ireland, nor of its people good by and large though they are, but about a spirit of the Royal Navy [which many mainland cities do not, nor ever have had] which transcends the proverbial bad and evil things we view on our television screens about that City and the Province, by putting the Royal Navy in the forefront of goodness, respect and profound reverence for one of the Royal Navy's world war two hero's.
The men of the Royal Navy of the City, have achieved something not thought possible, and certainly out of the question in the recent years of in-fighting in this fair and beautiful City.
At a time when Peter Hain MP, Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, is trying to hold the warring factions at the peace table together and endeavouring to rid the bigotry from within the souls of the politicians from both sides of the divide, it looks like once again, the trouble are brewing, and the pots which hold this malevolent cocktail are moving from the back-burner bit by bit towards the front-burner.
The divide, at least for people on the UK mainland, is taken to mean the IRA [in all its forms and groups] against the LOYALISTS [in all its forms and groups], but, on Saturday evening, the 10th September 2005, the enigma which is Belfast was never more evident when BBC television showed the City taking part in the 'Last Night at The Proms' [an opportunity to show ones fierce loyalty for the Crown], whilst brewing around the corner were the recalcitrant Orange Men, and yet, in a near by church, the men who fought for our British Crown, were celebrating or commemorating the 60th anniversaries of VE and VJ day to remember the thousands of men and women from the Province who gave their lives for their country. I dare say, that in the first two groups those taking part were mainly [if not all] non-catholics, but in the later case, not so!
Now I am sure that you always watch the 'Last night'; that you are sick and fed up of hearing about people who put other people in harms way in the City and elsewhere in the Province, so that leaves just one story, and I can assure you that it is worthy of being told.
Embarrassed though he may be, there is a man in Belfast who more than most by his personal actions, research, writings and lobbyings, has revered the memory of James Magennis VC is a most concerted effort, not only doing long overdue justice to James's memory, but bringing upon himself, great credit, for, in short, the name Magennis, as a war hero, was virtually lost for all time. His name is George Fleming. George is an ex Ganges boy [just like James], and an ex submariner and because of his sheer commitment to his subject, he was able to write a book, get a permanent statue mounted at the City Hall in Belfast, and now, though I am not sure whether or not he was the protagonist in this matter, the following event manifest in the text and pictures which follow. James lived to collect his VC personally from the King at Buckingham Palace so his life was not destroyed in the Service of his country, but his life subsequent to that was destroyed nevertheless by bigotry and other circumstances, some of them, true to say within James's control, whilst many others were not. It is touching and commendable that George should spent much of his time making sure the memory and deeds of James live on for all to see and to read, and that to me is worthy of that time honoured R.N., accolade, which is BRAVO ZULU George, you are a bloody good shipmate and we are proud of you. See also this page SUBMARINER VC HOLDERS.
The following text and pictures tell their own story. Difficult for us UK mainlanders, but remember Loyalists/UFF are, dare I say it, protestants, so this move is indeed special and to me, a gesture which bodes well; let us all hope that this is more than a 'passing fancy'.Sunday Life Home > News
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60th Anniversary VE & VJ WW2
by tagit ( Tullycarnet Action Group Initative Trust)
James Magennis VC outdoor wall Mural Tullycarnet (Kings Road) East Belfast
16 September 2005. Peter Robinson MP for East Belfast unveiled the mural
with addresses by Mr Frank Gallagher (Tagit), ex-submariner George Fleming
and Mr Glenn Barr cross commiunity activist.
In these pictures 1,2 and 3, George is LEFT, SECOND LEFT, and dont know?
OUT OF THIS MAJOR UK CITY COMES GOOD NEWS, GROUND-BREAKING NEWS, AND IT IS ALL TO DO WITH THE ROYAL NAVY. WELL DONE TO ALL THE NAVAL VETERANS INVOLVED AND THANK YOU FOR BRINGING CREDIT UPON THE SERVICE WE ARE ALL VERY PROUD OF.