Total ignorance about the Boy’s Brigade

Letters to Editor
Letters to Editor

The ‘Outrageous Comments’ (News Letter, June 1) by Jude Collins about the Boy’s Brigade reminded me of an incident some years ago in Crumlin, County Antrim, where I was minister.

The Antrim and District Battalion held their Service in Crumlin with the usual parade to the Church.

Some people objected following the parade, and made representation to the Parades Commission along with their solicitor.

The grounds for their complaint was that the parade was illegal as it was not notified, that it was a paramilitary parade and that they carried paramilitary flags.

All these allegations were false and the Parades Commission took no action.

The real concern I have is two fold. First the total ignorance displayed by those who formally objected in the past and more recently by Jude Collins.

Secondly the serious damage vocalising such ignorance, which is often seen as sectarian, does to community relations throughout Northern Ireland.

I wonder does Jude Collins realise the damage he has done. Judging my his unwillingness to apologise it appears he does not really care.

Brian Kennaway (Rev)