Sons of William hosting Festival of Remembrance

Cookstown Sons of William Flute Band
Cookstown Sons of William Flute Band

COOKSTOWN Sons of William will be hosting their annual Festival of Remembrance in the Burnavon Arts Theatre on Saturday 5th November 2011.

From 1914 to 1918 the majority of Europe found themselves in the grip of war, thousands of young men would lose their lives in a conflict that would become known as ‘the war to end all wars’.

Unfortunately, as we know this was not to be the case as 21 years later in 1939 the world went to war again and, as before, thousands lost their lives.

During both of these wars, men from all over Ireland were at the forefront. These wars were not exclusive to certain areas, as there was hardly a town or village that did not suffer some degree of loss.

While we pay tribute to the men and women who sacrificed their lives for King and country in these two great wars, we must also pay homage to those who gave their lives in other subsequent conflicts.

At this time we will also pay tribute to all those brave men and women who were killed and injured while fighting terrorism in our own province for the past 30 years. We will also remember the troops who are fighting daily in Afghanistan in a bid to bring some peace to that troubled area.

In order to acknowledge the tremendous debt we owe those who gave their lives, Cookstown Sons of William FB will be hosting the festival in the Burnavon Arts Theatre on Saturday 5th November 2011 commencing at 8pm.

The band has decided to change the format slightly this year with the first half of the concert more Musical orientated,

Various artists will pay tribute to our fallen heroes and acts taking part on the night include Tamlaghtmore Silver Band, Session Beat, Ballybriest Pipe Band solo singer Leanne Nicholl, and also a short talk from the local Somme Association.

After the interval the format will be much the same as previous years with the band performing a few pieces, then the Act of Remembrance which will be carried out by local Ministers. A solo piper and bugler will also take part as is tradition in these events. Compere for the evening will be Brian Johnston.

The officers and members of Sons of William would like to take this opportunity to invite everyone to this special event.

Admission is £10 and tickets are available by contacting the Burnavon Box office on 02886769949 or by booking online at

A charity donation will be made from the proceeds of this event.