From Sunday September 29 to October 5, Ancre Somme Association-Tyrone Branch held a series of events to mark the 100th anniversary of Lord Carson’s visit to Cookstown and Dungannon.
The week kicked off with a praise service in Dungannon Free Presbyterian Church, with Tamlaghtmore Flute Band leading the short parade of men in Period Dress, Somme Associations, Loyal Orders and Apprentice Boys from Moygashel Orange Hall.
On Monday night in Moygashel Orange Hall, Robert Wallace give a talk on his grandfather’s memories of the war and give the crowed some useful information for anyone traveling to the battlefields of the First World War. This was followed by a flute solo from Jason Shaw and a pipe solo by Scott McKay.
Wednesday October 2 saw the children of Fivemiletown Primary take to the stage with a short play about local men going off to the Battle of the Somme, with Keith Lyttle playing some Ulster-Scots music in the background.
The night concluded with a selection of songs from Paul Elliott. The week ended with the parade through Dungannon, with a Review of the Troops by Lord Carson in the Orange Field, close to the original spot where it happened 100 years previous.
The street collection was in aid of Andy Allen’s Veteran Support and a total of £216.65 was lifted. The officers of Ancre Somme Association - Tyrone Branch, would like to thank everyone who supported us with special thanks to the Moygashel Orange Hall committee for the use of there hall, the PSNI for taking care of the two parades, Dungannon Council for the use of the parking in the Park, the 6 bands who took part in Saturdays parade,
Loyal Orders and Somme Associations who also took part. Ancre Somme Association - Tyrone Branch’s next meeting will be held in Cookstown Orange Hall on Wednesday 6th November with at 8pm with new members very welcome.