Desertcreat in Cookstown to host special centenary Remembrance events

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Remember WW1 Remembrance weekend is always an important occasion at Desertcreat Parish Church.

This year we are planning some special events to help us remember and think about the awful cost of World War One, which began 100 years ago.

The weekend begins with a Concert on Friday 7 Nov at 7.30 p.m. in Desertcreat Church Hall. This superb venue will host acts from local schools, bands and singers. Desertcreat are delighted to have Sylvia Burnside as their special guest; the accompanist for the evening will be Louise Glen. Admission is just £5 which will include supper and a copy of the book “They shall grow not old” printed specially to remember those brave men from our local area who fought and those who died in the unprecedented horrors of that momentous war.

WW1. Exhibition - Articles from the Great War will be on display on Saturday 8th November between 10.00 a.m. and 5.00p.m. in the Nissan Hut at Desertcreat, an Exhibition not to be missed where you will see articles used in the Great War. There will also be a series of talks for those interested in the First World War. 11 .00 am ‘The causes of the War’ Alan Marsh 12.30 pm ‘The Tyrone Volunteers and the Great War’ Dessie Gordon from The Friends of the Somme, Mid Ulster Branch. 2.00 pm ‘The Irish at the Dardanelles’ Kevin Johnston

On Sunday 9 November we have our usual Remembrance Services but with a focus on the Great War. Ardtrea Remembrance Service is at 10-30am. Remembrance Service at Desertcreat with the Archbishop is at 12 noon.

This will be a weekend to remember; reflecting together on the tragedy of war, the sacrifice made by so many and the words of Jesus ..’ greater love has no man, than that he lay down his life for his friends’.