Ballynure GB celebrates 50 years

Marbeth Coulter, Captain of Ballynure Presbyterian 162nd Girls' Brigade, pictured with past and present leaders during the 50th Anniversary Display. INNT 21-056-FP
Marbeth Coulter, Captain of Ballynure Presbyterian 162nd Girls' Brigade, pictured with past and present leaders during the 50th Anniversary Display. INNT 21-056-FP
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BALLYNURE Girls’ Brigade celebrated its 50th anniversary with a commemorative weekend recently.

An audience of invited guests packed out Ballynure Presbyterian Church Hall for the Annual Display on Friday, May 18.

The following day, at a special event, the Company released balloons to mark the milestone occasion and to raise money for the Northern Ireland Cancer Fund for Children.

Special guest for the day was Valerie Best, daughter of the group’s first President Margaret Stirling. Commemorative golden teddy bears were presented to every member to mark the Golden Anniversary.

On Sunday, May 20, the girls were joined by past and present members along with former Officers, friends family, invited guests and parents for a Thanksgiving Service.

A cheque for £1,000 was presented to the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children’s MRI Scanner Appeal and another for £600 to the Northern Ireland Cancer Fund for Children.

A lectern fall was donated to the Company by first Captain Elizabeth Orr and a wall hanging was personally made and presented to the group by Doreen Stevenson.

Thanks were passed to all officers, parents and past members who had helped to organise the weekend of celebrations.