Ballymore Parish Church: War memorial window dedicated

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A large stained glass window commemorating those who died in the First World War was dedicated at a service in Ballymore Parish Church, Tandragee, on Sunday morning.

The window was unveiled by the Vice-Lord Lieutenant for Co Armagh, Richard Hamilton-Stubber, and dedicated by the Ballymore rector, the Rev Shane Forster.

The window bears the inscription from Laurence Binyon’s celebrated poem:

“They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:

Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.

At the going down of the sun and in the morning

We will remember them.”

In attendance at the service was the Northern Ireland president of the Royal British Legion, Mervyn Elder, and the women’s president, Mrs Joanne Andrew Steer.

Also present were Newry-Armagh MLAs Danny Kennedy and William Irwin; the deputy Lord Mayor of Armagh Joy Rollston and local Tandragee and district unionist councillors.

Two Second World War veterans from Tandragee – William Cooke and Tommy Vennard – were given pride of place in the congregation.

Before the service, ex-servicemen and women from Tandragee Royal British Legion, led by branch president Major Paul Bowbanks, placed wreaths at the town’s war memorial.

A special commemorative edifice has been erected at the war memorial, remembering those from the area who died in the First and Second World Wars.

A vigil will be held at Tandragee war memorial on Monday between 10 and 11pm.