Exiles Forum

Lisburn, Co. Antrim, Northern Ireland


Relief of Derry parade and service at Lisburn

The annual 'Relief of Derry Parade and Service' was held in Lisburn on Sunday afternoon (3rd August). The event was hosted by Lisburn Apprentice Boys who were joined by members of the organisation from its Broomhedge Club. Also taking part were Lisburn and Largymore District Chapters of the Royal Black Institution. The parade assembled at Lisburn Orange Hall and led by Pride of Prince William Flute Band (Ballymacash), made its way to Christ Church via Wallace Avenue, Seymour Street, Castle Street, Bow Street and Market Place returning via Market Place, Bow Street, Antrim Street, Bachelor's Walk and Railway Street.

The Rector, the Rev Paul Dundas led the service and the preacher was Sir Knight William Anderson, Imperial Deputy Grand Master and Diocesan Lay Reader - Annaghmore Parish. Also taking part was Worshipful Brother Desmond Brownlee (Past President of Lisburn Apprentice Boys), who read the second lesson. Mr Richard Yarr presided at the organ; the congregational hymns included, 'O worship the King', 'Blessed assurance' and 'Thine be the glory'.

In his address based on 2nd Kings 2 v 1-15, Mr Anderson spoke about Elijah and Elisha's journey, which took them to 4 places but resulted in their separation leaving Elisha to return to his people and continue the work that God had assigned to him. Mr Anderson emphasised that if we allow God to lead us on our journey in life - our Institution and also our community would benefit. He concluded by saying that if we follow God's call on our lives we, like Elijah and Elisha, would be assured of eternal life.

Worshipful Bro Jim Drake (President of Lisburn Apprentice Boys) concluded the service by thanking the rector, guest speaker, organist and choir for taking part and also thanking members of the Apprentice Boys and Royal Black Institution for attending.