Report and photographs by John Kelly
St Matthew’s Church Lads’ and Church Girls’ Brigade held their 75th Annual Display in St Matthew’s Church Hall, Broomhedge on Friday April 15.
The Inspecting Officer was former Captain, George Briggs (1956-1972), who was accompanied by his wife Norma. The Guest of Honour was the Mayor of Lisburn, Alderman Paul Porter, who was accompanied by Former Mayor, Councillor James Tinsley.
Keith Fleming (Captain) and his officers presented a great fun packed programme and there was a special ‘Blast from the Past’ as 13 past members rolled back the years, performing drill work to commands expertly given by their former Captain, George Briggs, who proved he certainly had not lost his leadership skills. Gradually the past members left the floor as the 13 became one in a most enjoyable item ‘O’Grady Says’.
Speaking of the historic event, the Mayor said that both he and former Mayor Councillor Tinsley had been treated to a wonderful performance by all the boys and girls. He said: “As Mayor of the City of Lisburn I am amazed at the many church and volunteer youth organisations that do so much great work in our City.”
The 75th Anniversary celebrations at Broomhedge will continue with a Dinner Dance on Friday May 6 in the Down Royal Golf Club and a Church Service in St Matthew’s Church on Sunday May 8 at 3pm, preceded by a parade that will leave LOL 206 Orange Hall at 2.30pm for the short walk to the church.