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Lisburn, Co. Antrim, Northern Ireland



Cathedral marks 300 years since Lisburn fire

 ?Out of The Fire? Festival Opening Service in Lisburn Cathedral

At the 'Out of The Fire' Festival Opening Service in Lisburn Cathedral last Thursday evening (25th October) are L to R: Mr Graeme Clarke (Rector's Warden), Rev Canon Percival Walker (Precentor), Rev Ken McGrath (Lisburn Cathedral Vicar), The Very Rev John Bond (Dean of Connor), Councillor James Tinsley (Lisburn Mayor), Mrs Margaret Tinsley (Lisburn Mayoress), Rev Canon Sam Wright (Lisburn Cathedral Rector), Rev Canon William Bell (Eglantine Parish Rector) Mr Alan Wyte (Dean's Verger) and Mr John Humes (People's Warden).

Lisburn Cathedral is hosting a flower festival this week (Thursday 25th to Sunday 28th October) marking 300 years since the town was destroyed by fire. The four-day festival 'Out of the fire' was officially opening by the Mayor of Lisburn, Councillor James Tinsley during the 'Out of The Fire' Festival Opening Service on Thursday evening at which the speaker was The Dean of Connor, The Very Rev John Bond.

On Friday evening, the speaker at the Celebration Service will be Mrs Margaret Crawford, All Ireland President of Mothers' Union. At the Thanksgiving Service on Sunday morning the Bishop of Connor, The Right Rev Alan Abernethy will speak on the theme of Thanksgiving. A Praise Service on Sunday evening will conclude the festival; the speaker will be Mr David Gough, CMSI Mission Partner for Sudan and Egypt.

The floral arrangements, which will be on display each day, were masterminded by the world-renowned Rev William McMillan with the help of Ballymacash Flower Club. In addition, Mr McMillan and his team will present a flower arranging demonstration on Saturday afternoon in the Cathedral Hall. The many visitors viewing the magnificent floral displays will be able to enjoy morning coffee, lunches and afternoon tea, served in the Cathedral's new Coffee Lounge with its picturesque view of Castle Gardens.

Funds raised are going to extensive church refurbishment work and to help the people of Yei diocese in the south of Sudan to build a new Primary School in Mongo. The people of southern Sudan are themselves just emerging from the flames of conflict.