Poppy appeal raises over £15k in Cookstown

A blue sky and bright sunshine at the Service of Remembrance at Cookstown Cenotaph INMM4613-151ar.

A blue sky and bright sunshine at the Service of Remembrance at Cookstown Cenotaph INMM4613-151ar.

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The Cookstown Branch of the Royal British legion would like to thank everyone who contributed to the Poppy Appeal this year, so far over £15,317 has been banked.

Hundreds of people gathered at Cookstown cenotaph on Sunday to pay their respects and remember the fallen of the Two World Wars and other conflicts.

Poppy wreaths were laid at the cenotaph by various groups and organisations. Trevor Carson, of Cookstown Royal British Legion along with William Crooks, Branch Secretary laid a wreath on behalf of the Cookstown R.B.L.

Mabel Donaghy, Vice-Chairperson of the Women’s Section of the Cookstown R.B.L and Florence Colhoon laid a wreath on behalf of the Women’s Section.

Cookstown District Council also laid a wreath at the cenotaph as well as Kenny Rollins, Parade Commander who laid a wreath on behalf of family.

Present at the ceremony were three serving prison officers who laid a wreath on behalf of the Prison Service to remember the late David Black. Mr Black’s two children Kyle and Kyra also laid a family wreath in memory of their father.

Following the wreath laying, members of Cookstown RBL attended a special service at the 1st Cookstown Presbyterian led by Legion President Dr Isaac Thompson.