War stories at Vinecash WI

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Author and former councillor Ronnie Harkness was the speaker during the November meeting of Vinecash WI in the Dobbin Church Hall.

President Deirdre Kilner welcomed everyone including new members Virginia Graham, Michelle Bowman and Rosie Weir.

Mr Harkness told how a school trip to Belgium, and a ‘time killing’ visit to a war cemetery, led him to investigate the stories of the many servicemen from Portadown and the surrounding area who lost their lives in WW1 and are buried in war cemeteries in France and Belgium. His investigations culminated in a guide book, Where the Brave Will Live Forever which incorporates many of those stories.

The Vote of Thanks was given by President Deirdre and this was followed by a short Question and Answer session after which Eileen Millar displayed a ceramic poppy from the Tower of London which had been given to her as a gift.

The Birthday Girl was Ann Paul and the Competition for a wartime photo was won by Faith McKinney.

Next month’s meeting will be in Armagh Theatre at 5pm on Monday, December 14.