Seagoe marks 70 special years

Some members of platform party at Seagoe Parish Church on Sunday.INPT13-203

Some members of platform party at Seagoe Parish Church on Sunday.INPT13-203

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The Church of Ireland Archbishop of Armagh, Most Rev Richard Clarke, was the special guest at Seagoe Parish Church on Sunday afternoon, to carry out a moving ceremony.

It was the annual parade and 70th anniversary service of the Ulster Regiment of the Church Lads’ and Church Girls Brigade (CLBCGB).

The Archbishop dedicated a banner in memory of the Irish Church Lads’ Brigade members who served in the First World War and also commission the two newly-appointed development officers for the Brigade in Ulster.

The Mayor of Craigavon, Councillor Colin McCusker, also attended, as did the Governor of the CLCGB in the UK, the CEO and National Treasurer and former Commanding Officers of Seagoe Church Girls Company, the 2nd Battalion and the Ulster Regiment.

Beforehand, there was a parade along Seagoe Road, Lurgan Road, Church Road and back into Seagoe Road for a church Service at 3:30pm.

Brigade companies from all over the province took part – from as far afield as Portrush, Fivemiletown and Killinchy.

They were led by three bands – St Mark’s Silver, Pride of the Birches Accordion and Hamiltonsbawn Silver.

The service was conducted by the Seagoe Rector, Rev Canon Terence Cadden, the Brigade Chaplain the Very Rev Robert Townley and Rev R Sathyaraj.

Seagoe Church Girls and the Regimental choirs sang special items during the service.