Join me as I share the story of my home town during the Second World War
My name is Adrian, and I take Public and Private Guided Walking Tours around the town of Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland, looking at events here during the Second World War.
By sharing contemporary photographs, artifacts and stories, I’ll take you back to the town as it was in the late 1930s and into the 1940s.
On 1 September 1939, Nazi Germany invaded Poland. Britain and France declared war on Germany two days later. So started a conflict that would spread across all parts of the planet and last for six years: the Second World War.
As the German military machine swept through Europe, Carrickfergus (like many towns and cities across the nation) responded to British Prime Minister Winston Churchill's call to support the War Effort.
Many of its citizens volunteered to serve in the Army, Royal Navy, Royal Air Force, and Merchant Navy.
A range of British, American and Belgian military units were stationed (and a significant one created) within the town, and a number of prisoners-of-war were detained here.
On the Home Front, factories in the town turned their attention to making the essential products needed for the war; civilians volunteered in a range of voluntary and Civil Defence organisations; and the population learned to live with wartime restrictions.
So, join me as I Lead the Way and discover the unique role Carrickfergus played during the Second World War.