Tribute paid to Henry Allen - ‘a true gentleman’

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POLITICIANS have united in extending their heartfelt sympathy to the family of Moneymore man Henry Allen who died in a tragic farm accident last Thursday (July 25).

Mourners turned out in force on Sunday for the funeral at Carndaisy Baptist Church. It is believed Mr Allen fell from a wall on his Quilly Road farm while working with silage. He was an elder in nearby Carndaisy and a past secretary of the Moneymore Bible and Crown Defenders LOL 93.

Cllr Glasgow, a friend of the family, said Mr Allen was ‘a gentleman in every sense of the word.’

“I want to extend my sympathy to his wife Yvonne and family on the tragic loss they have suffered. Yvonne was a neighbour of ours and we were very close to the family and we attended their wedding many years ago,” he added.

DUP Mid-Ulster MLA Ian McCrea said he was both shocked and saddened when he heard of the tragic death.

“I want to express my sincere sympathy to his wife and family at this heartbreaking time and I assure them of my thoughts and prayers,” he said. “This is a sad reminder of the hazards that accompany farming and I cannot stress enough the importance of taking every precaution to try and prevent such tragic circumstances being repeated,” he added.

Ulster Unionist Assembly Member for Mid-Ulster Sandra Overend said she too was saddened to learn of the death of Mr Allen.

“This is a busy time of year for farmers, and the change in weather brings its own demands and challenges to look after their animals. This tragedy serves as another sad reminder of the risks that farmers face in their profession on a daily basis,” she said. All our thoughts and prayers are with the family at this difficult time.”

Mr Allen, who was a man with strong Christian beliefs, was laid to rest in St John’s Parish Churchyard, Moneymore.