Rathcoole BB boys on parade at Parents Night

16th Newtownabbey BB Company Drill Squad dressed in 36th Ulster Division uniforms, with Lieutenant Paul Hamill (left). INNT 12-505CON
16th Newtownabbey BB Company Drill Squad dressed in 36th Ulster Division uniforms, with Lieutenant Paul Hamill (left). INNT 12-505CON

The 16th Newtownabbey Boys’ Brigade Company Section held their annual Parents Evening on Wednesday, March 16 at the Belfast City Mission, Innis Walk, Rathcoole.

The theme for the evening was ‘The Somme 2016’.

The Company Bugle Band on parade at 16th Newtownabbey's Parents Evening. INNT 12-508CON  Pics by Ken Boyd

The Company Bugle Band on parade at 16th Newtownabbey's Parents Evening. INNT 12-508CON Pics by Ken Boyd

The Drum Corps performed an item to the song ‘Soldier’, while the drill squad were dressed in 36th Ulster Division uniforms.

The event finale, set in a cemetery in the Somme region, paid tribute to those who fought at the Battle of the Somme 100 years ago.

Other items included a display by the Company Bugle Band and horsework team and team challenge. Those in attendance were also presented with a gospel message, encouraging them to accept God’s wonderful gift of salvation, only made possible by the sacrifice of Jesus at Calvary.

The main awards presented on the night were to Pte Mark Robinson (President’s Badge) and three Queen’s Badges to Sgt Jordan Forsythe, Cpl Nathan Forsythe and Cpl Matthew Simmons.

Queen's Badge recipients Cpl Nathan Forsythe, Sgt Jordan Forsythe and Cpl Matthew Simmons. INNT 12-507CON

Queen's Badge recipients Cpl Nathan Forsythe, Sgt Jordan Forsythe and Cpl Matthew Simmons. INNT 12-507CON

Mark Robinson receives the President's Badge. INNT 12-506CON

Mark Robinson receives the President's Badge. INNT 12-506CON