The community of Portadown have come together to mark the Centenary of the 1st World War.
The end of October and the start of November has seen lots of events by the community of Portadown. They have come together to mark the end of the Great War 100 years on. Events have took place in Churches, Community Halls and Orange Halls throughout the town. The rededication of the towns War Memorial has led the way.
Carleton Street Orange Hall
At Carleton Street Orange Hall Portadown Heritage Tours took a different approach. We have displayed an outside exhibition of flags of the countries of the the British Commonwealth along with Poppies and silhouettes of Soldiers in the windows. Lights were added to give a night time feature. On Sunday 11th November at 5:30pm there will be a short act of remembrance outside the hall. The Last Post will be played by a Bugler from the top window. Then a silence will follow and the Pipers Lament. We welcome everyone to join us.
Carleton Street Orange Hall
An excellent exhibition was also displayed inside the hall and hosted by RBP 25. On Friday 2nd November the Dance Hall was transformed into a pop up museum by Lisbellaw and South Fermanagh World War One Society. They were displaying lots of items of great significance from trenches and uniforms to badges and medical equipment. An act of Remembrance and a wreath laying ceremony was also held in the Bell Room on the night by Portadown Royal Black District Chapter No.5.
Display in the Dance Hall at Carleton Street
Edenderry Orange Hall
Edenderry Community Development Association hosted a great evening in Edenderry Orange Hall on Friday 2nd November. There was a World War 1 display, Children’s entertainment, war-time songs and a tea party. The evening also included the presentation of ‘There But Not There Tommy’s to Seagoe Church Of Ireland, Edenderry 1st Presbyterian Church and Edenderry Memorial Methodist Church.
The evening was an absolute credit to the organisers and volunteers of Edenderry Community Development Association and was very well supported. As a community group they have organised and gained funding for some excellent events throughout the years and continue to work very hard for their local area.
Members of Portadown Ex Servicemen’s LOL 608 and RBP 326 with members of the wartime re-enactment group who supplied the 1st World War display at Edenderry Orange Hall.
An evening enjoyed by everyone at Edenderry Orange Hall
It was a family gathering for the Partridge’s and Branyan’s at Edenderry on the night.
St Colomba’s Parish Church
St Columba’s Church have also held a series of events throughout the week to mark the Centenary of the 1st World War. A community day was held on Saturday 3rd November. This was followed by a ‘Reflections Musical Evening’ then on Tuesday 6th, ‘Keep the home fires burning’ fashion show and entertainment also on Wednesday 7th, an ‘Air and Graces Musical Evening’ on Thursday 8th November at 7:30pm. This will include music by Ballymoughan Purple Guards and Flute Band Church. Local WWI Historian Richard Edgar is also Speaking.
The Exhibition at the Church is open to Saturday 10th November at 5pm. It is well worth a visit. There has been lot of hard work and organising that has went into the exhibition and events. Well done to all involved.
A very unique part of the Exhibition in St Columba’s Church, Portadown.
Remaining events at St Columba’s Church
Thomas Street Methodist Church
Thomas Street Methodist Church are hosting a series of events ‘A Time to Remember and Reflect’. The Church will be open for prayer and reflection on Friday 9th and Saturday 10th November, from 10:00am to 3:00pm. There are displays of memorabilia which will be in place around the Church to aid your Remembrance and Reflection.
On Friday 9th November, Wesley Hall in Portmore Street will be hosting an evening of music and song. This will feature the SWING GALS and the Ormeau Concert Band. Talks by Richard Edgar and Denver Pearson. Refreshments will be provided on the night.
The Remembrance Day Parade on Sunday 11th November will be leaving Thomas Street at 10:30am. It will proceed to Market Street, West Street and High Street. Parade will return up Market Street and to the town’s war memorial for the wreath laying ceremony. Thomas Street Methodist Church will host the civic Remembrance Service on Sunday at 11:45am.