Milltown Boys Brigade has reached the milestone of 50 years, and a special service to mark the golden era will take place at 11am in the Parish Church on Sunday October 16.
All officers and boys associated with the lively rural company through the years are invited to attend.
And there will be special thanks from everyone to Derek Greenaway and wife Raye who have given a superb 98 years of service between them.
Derek was a founder officer in September 1966 when Rev James Frazer formed the company, and he took over as Captain the following year after training.
Two years later, Raye established the Junior Section. Both have given unbroken service.
Derek’s fellow officer was Noel McClelland, with Rachel McAdam and Pamela Hutchinson helping Raye. Rev Gerald McCartney founded the Anchor Boys 11 years ago, with Yvonne Woods in charge.
The October 16 event will begin with a parade from the Parochial Hall, led by Pride of the Birches Accordion Band.
Everyone taking part is asked to meet the hall at 10am for the 11 am service.
The speaker is David Blevins, President of the Northern Ireland Boys Brigade – a proud Portadown man and former Captain of Epworth Boys Brigade.
There will be buffet refreshments after the service.