Legion events for Remembrance

Pictured at the launch of the 2016 Portadown Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal are from left, Charles McCartney, branch chaplain, Sam Thompson, treasurer, Stewart Buckley, chairman, Alderman Robert Smith who bought the first poppy, Alan Burns, club member, and Philip  Morrison, branch president. INPT43-204.
Pictured at the launch of the 2016 Portadown Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal are from left, Charles McCartney, branch chaplain, Sam Thompson, treasurer, Stewart Buckley, chairman, Alderman Robert Smith who bought the first poppy, Alan Burns, club member, and Philip Morrison, branch president. INPT43-204.

Members of Portadown Royal British Legion (RBL) have launched their annual Poppy Appeal - and have also lined up a number of events to mark Remembrance Day.

The branch and Edenderry Community Development Association will hold a Festival of Remembrance in Portadown Town Hall on Thursday, November 3 at 7.15pm.

The artists will include flautist Drew Rowan, harpist Sarah McAlpine harpist, the Zephaniah Dancers, St Mark’s Silver Band and the Bugles Pipes and Drums 2nd Battalion of The Royal Irish Regiment who will include a Somme theme to their act to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the Battle of the Somme.

The festival will conclude with an Act of Remembrance conducted by the Rev Charles McCartney, branch chaplain.

Tickets costing £10 are on sale from RBL Thomas St, Hoy’s Butchers, Edenderry, Winnie’s Newsagent, Woodhouse St and Partridge Chemist, West St. All proceeds will go to the Poppy Appeal.

On Friday, November 11 an Act of Remembrance will be held at War Memorial at 11am. The general public are invited to attend.

On Sunday, November 16 the Remembrance Sunday parade and service will take place, starting off at RBL Thomas Street at 10.30 for the parade to the War Memorial.

The public are invited to attend and lay wreaths. Following the service the RBL will attend the church service in St Mark’s Church.