1st Caledon Boys’ Brigade Display
THE Parish Hall was filled to overflowing for the 77th Display of 1st Caledon Company of the Boys’ Brigade recently.
The opening hymn, Scripture reading and prayer followed the ‘Fall In’.
Chairman, the Reverend. M Hagan, then welcomed parents and friends, and gave a special welcome to the Guest of Honour, Robert McEleavey, a former member and Officer of the Company, Walter Mullan, Honorary Vice-President of Mid-Ulster Battalion, and Gordon Auld, Captain of 1st Armagh.
The Company Section Drill Squad took to the floor first, under Squad Commander, L/Cpl. Ashley Murray.
They carried out intricate drill movements with precision, while the vaulting team gave polished performances showing off the physical capabilities of the boys.
The Anchor Boys delighted the audience with The Dream Team and their version of Heads, Shoulders, Knees and Toes, after which the Company and Senior Sections caused hilarious laughter with Take Me Out, while the Junior Section held the full attention of the audience for their Figure Marching and mime of We Wanna See.
Company and Senior Section Awards
Mrs A Herron presented the awards and prizes as follows:
Willis Cup for Christian Education – 1st Sgt. Andrew Burns, 2nd Pte. Kyle Nugent;
Uniform Shield – Pte. Kyle Nugent;
Johnston Cup for Best Boy – Sgt. Jamie Bloomer;
Squad 1 under Squad Commander Sgt. Jamie Bloomer won the W.R. Scott Cup for Best Squad. The other squad members were Cpl. Ashley Murray, L/Cpl. Timothy Walker, Pte. Andrew Livingstone, Pte. Kyle Nugent.
The following boys received awards for full attendance throughout the year – Sgt. Andrew Gillespie; L/Cpl. David Nugent; L/Cpl. Philip Gillespie; Pte. Samuel Scott; Pte. Cameron Martin; Pte. Matthew Marshall; and Pte. Kyle Nugent.
Three President’s Badges were awarded. The President’s Badge is the second highest award that can be gained in the Boys’ Brigade.
Mr W. Mullan, Honorary Vice- President of the Mid-Ulster Battalion, presented this award to Cpl. Andrew Burns, L/Cpl. David Nugent, L/Cpl. Philip Gillespie and L/Cpl. Timothy Walker.
Junior Section Awards -
Parents’ Association Cup for Best Boy – Benjamin Martin;
Marshall Scripture Cup – Dylan Anderson;
Caledon Cup for Best Team – Drew Allen, Dylan Anderson and Philip Scott.
The following boys received awards for full attendance throughout the year – Gary Gillespie, Dylan Anderson, Philip Scott, Aaron Gillespie, Matthew Bradley, Richard Livingstone, Benjamin Martin and Sam Nicolay.
Anchor Boy Awards -
Samuel McCarragher Cup for Best Boy – Adam Bradley and Michael Tate;
Farley Best Recruit Shield – James McCall and Jonathan Coulter;
Colouring-In Competition prizes – Harry Morrow and Michael Tate;
Highest Collectors – Josh Morton and Dylan Bruce.
The following boys received awards for full attendance throughout the year – Adam Bradley, Michael Tate, Daniel McGuckin, Luke McCall, Kyle Livingstone, Louis Anderson, Nathan Bell, Sam McCoy, James McCall and Jonathan Coulter.
In his remarks, the Inspector, Mr McEleavey, stated that he was delighted and honoured to witness a display of such a high standard. He praised the boys for the effort that they had put into badge work, competitions, drill, vaulting, sketches and games, and delivered a special address to everyone about his time in the Company and some of the highlights.
Mr. McEleavey also awarded the Dungannon and South Tyrone Borough Council Shield to Philip Gillespie, for being “Best Personality” with his impression of Take Me Out’s Paddy McGuinness.
Adam Bradley from the Anchor Boys made a presentation to Mrs A Herron for distributing the awards, and she was also acknowledged for playing the piano, while Benjamin Martin from the Junior Section presented Mr McEleavey with a small token of appreciation.
A presentation was also made to Mrs J Auld on her decision to retire from the Company after 37 years of faithful service.
During a comprehensive vote of thanks by Reverend Hagan, he noted that the success of the company lay in the leadership of the NCO’s, with guidance from a loyal band of officers and leaders.
After the singing of the National Anthem and the benediction, a very enjoyable evening was brought to a close.
Afterwards, the Parents’ Association served supper to everyone, for which Reverend Hagan said grace.
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