Fintona Boys' Brigade members take part in London Remembrance Sunday ceremony

Thursday, 16 November 2017

Fintona Boys' Brigade members take part in London Remembrance Sunday ceremony thumbnail1st Fintona BB were selected to represent the Boys' Brigade at Whitehall - at rear from left, Raymond Dowdalls and Nigel Booth and the four young members, Darren Crozier, Nathan Baxter, Stephen Evans (with wreath), Jordon McCrory.

Fintona Boys' Brigade members take part in London Remembrance Sunday ceremony


Four members of the 1st Fintona Boys Brigade and two officers made a unique piece of history on Sunday by taking part in the annual national Service of Remembrance and parade, held at the Cenotaph in Whitehall, London.

This Remembrance Sunday event ensures that no one is forgotten as the nation unites to honour all who have suffered or died in war.

It was attended by HM The Queen and members of the Royal family although this year the Queen, who traditionally leads the event by laying down a wreath, asked the Prince of Wales to perform this duty instead.

Others in attendance on Sunday included Members of the Cabinet, Opposition Party leaders, former Prime Ministers, the Mayor of London and other ministers. Representatives of the Armed Forces, Fishing Fleets and Merchant Air and Navy were also present along with faith communities and High Commissioners of Commonwealth countries.

The Fintona adventure began a few months earlier when group leader, Raymond Dowdalls, applied for the group to take part in the parade and, to his great surprise, discovered at the beginning of October they had been selected to participate.

The group which consisted of fellow officer, Nigel Booth and the young members, Nathan Baxter, Darren Crozier, Stephen Evans and Jordan McCrory, flew to London on Friday and enjoyed the sights of the capital on Saturday. This included visits to the London Eye, a boat trip on the Thames, as well as visits to 10 Downing Street and Buckingham Palace.

They were up at 6am on Sunday to be in Horse Guards Parade for 9am where they joined other boys and officers from all over the UK. They were then taken down on to the Mall to line up with all the ex-servicemen.

"It was an absolutely super experience," said Raymond. "We were next to the Gurkhas so we were able to talk to them. This event has a really lovely atmosphere that the public don't see. After the minuteís silence and wreath-laying, the bands started to play as the servicemen marched past. The boys couldn't believe the experience and enjoyed all the cheers and support the public gave them."

Raymond added to pass between the cenotaph and the assembled Royalty was a great experience and one they would never forget.

He added the four boys were brilliant ambassadors for the Fintona club and set a wonderful example and a credit to 1st Fintona Boysí Brigade, the West Ulster Battalion and to the Boysí Brigade in Northern Ireland.

"In fact they were picked because they had the first part of their Queen's Badge completed and who better to go see the Queen - but the Queen's men!

The Fntona Boysí Brigade, which was formed by Mr Dowdalls, is now in its 22nd year growing from 16 boys initially to over 70 today.


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