New choir robes were dedicated in memory of the late Ralph Dickson at the evening service in Lambeg Parish Church on Sunday April 27.
Mr Dickson died on April 26 2003, and the new robes were presented by his widow Mrs Reta Dickson and dedicated by the rector of Lambeg, the Rev Canon Ken McReynolds.
The new robes replace those which had been dedicated in June 1964 by the then Bishop of Connor, the Right Rev Cyril Elliott.
During his sermon Canon McReynolds paid tribute to the faithful service of two choir members, Mrs Myra Scott and Mrs Doreen Topping, who were present for the dedication of the old robes 50 years ago!
During the service Miss Edna Downing presided at the organ and Mrs Dickson accompanied the choir on the piano. The choir’s contribution to the service included the anthem ‘Spirit of God abide with me’ arranged by Philip Kern and the hymn choice included the traditional ‘Bright the vision that delighted’ and the more contemporary ‘See what a morning gloriously bright.’
Following the service, supper was served in the Church Hall and Mrs Scott and Mrs Topping were presented with orchids as a small token of appreciation for their singing and fellowship in the church choir.
Our photograph by John Kelly shows Lambeg Parish Church Choir pictured prior to the dedication of new choir robes. L to R: (seated) Mrs Ethna Reid, Mrs Jean Reid, Mrs Doreen Topping, Rev Canon Ken McReynolds, Mrs Reta Dickson (Pianist), Mrs Myra Scott and Mrs Joan Matchett. (back row) Miss Mavis Gibbons (Diocesan Reader), Mr Victor McDonald (Parish Reader), Mrs Dorothy Niblock, Mrs Elsie Bowers, Mr Maurice Kirkwood, Mrs Gwen Mawhinney, Mr Philip Stanley, Mrs Harriet Skillen, Mr Bruce Reid, Mrs Angela Sloan, Mr Neill Wilson (Diocesan Reader, Miss Beth McIlroy, Mrs Rosemary Pulford, Mr Jack Hassard (Diocesan Reader) and Miss Dorothy Jackson (Parish Reader). Mrs Pat Harvey (Diocesan Reader), also took part in the service but is not in the photograph.