Stunning flower festival opens in Lisburn Cathedral

Friday October 26th 2007

At the ‘Out of The Fire’ Festival Opening Service in Lisburn Cathedral are L to R: Mr Graeme Clarke (Rector’s Warden), Rev Canon Percival Walker (Precentor), Rev Ken McGrath (Lisburn Cathedral Vicar), The Very Rev John Bond (Dean of Connor), Councillor James Tinsley (Lisburn Mayor), Mrs Margaret Tinsley (Lisburn Mayoress), Rev Canon Sam Wright (Lisburn Cathedral Rector), Rev Canon William Bell (Eglantine Parish Rector), Mr Alan Whyte (Dean’s Verger) and Mr John Humes (People’s Warden).Lisburn Cathedral’s stunning flower festival ‘Out of the Fire’ was officially opened by the Mayor of Lisburn, Councillor James Tinsley, at a special service on the evening of Thursday October 25.

The speaker at the service was The Dean of Connor, The Very Rev John Bond.

The ‘Out of the Fire’ festival marks 300 years since the town was destroyed by fire. The floral arrangements have been masterminded by the world-renowned Rev William McMillan with the help of Ballymacash Flower Club.

The Mayor of Lisburn, Councillor James Tinsley and the Mayoress, Mrs Margaret Tinsley pictured at the ‘Out of the Fire’ display entitled ‘Tribute to Huguenots and gardens of Sir Arthur Rawson’ supported by Lisburn Historic Quarter, an initiative of Lisburn City Council. On Friday evening, October 26, the speaker at the Celebration Service will be Mrs Margaret Crawford, All Ireland President of Mothers’ Union.  At the Thanksgiving Service on Sunday morning the Bishop of Connor, The Right Rev Alan Abernethy will speak on the theme of Thanksgiving.  A Praise Service on Sunday evening will conclude the festival; the speaker will be Mr David Gough, CMSI Mission Partner for Sudan and Egypt.

In addition, Mr McMillan and his team will present a flower arranging demonstration on Saturday afternoon, October 27,  in the Cathedral Hall.  And visitors throughout the festival will be able to enjoy morning coffee, lunches and afternoon tea, served in the Cathedral’s new Coffee Lounge with its picturesque view of Castle Gardens. 
Funds raised are going to extensive church refurbishment work and to Connor Council for Missions Yei Schools Project which aims to help the people of Yei Diocese in the south of Sudan to build a new Primary School in Mongo.

Photos by John Kelly.

 Another of Rev William McMillan's stunning arrangements.Out of the fire - an evocative image.

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