Castledawson remembers the war dead

THE annual Royal British Legion Remembrance Day area parade and service was held in Castledawson on Sunday with a large number of people turning out to pay their respects.

The weather was favourable which allowed those on parade to remember the dead of the two world wars through a wreath laying ceremony.

Members of the British Legion were joined by a number of others for the occasion. These included uniformed youth organisations as well as ex-service personnel.

The participants assembled on the Magherafelt Road, and then paraded through the main thoroughfare led by the local flute band.

They then went on to the War Memorial at Station Road where members of public had gathered to take part in a short service of Remembrance and wreath laying ceremony.

Following prayer, the last post was sounded as a prelude to the two minute silence at 11am.

The raising of the union flag and Legion standard led to a lone piper playing while wreaths were laid at the memorial on behalf of various groups.

These included representatives from the police, council, Legion, armed forces and youth organisations.

The parade then made its way over the bridge and to Christ Church where members of the parish joined for the service. A collection was taken up for the Earl Haig Poppy Appeal.

Those taking part then paraded back through the town and to the original starting point where fall out brought to a conclusion what was a solemn and poignant Remembrance Day in Castledawson.