Lord Dannatt's Round Britain Challenge: Belfast

We were delighted to have two Never Such Innocence entrants take part in a special commemorative event at Carrickfergus Town Hall, Northern Ireland.

A specially adapted Tall Ship, STS Lord Nelson, crewed by veterans and cadets, is making its way around the United Kingdom in 40 days. 

The ship is sailing with a crew of 144 cadets alongside wounded, injured and sick veterans with the 145th crew member being a Tommy silhouette kindly donated by the charity There But Not There, around the capitals of the United Kingdom.

Matthew Heaney and Becki Pinkerton joined members of the crew at Carrickfergus Town Hall to mark the centenary by reading their poems.  Matthew won Second Place in the ages 9-11 category, and Becki came Third in the ages 14-16 category of the 2017-18 competition.