A weekend in Blackpool supporting the English Amalgamated Committee, intending to generate enthusiasm for a restart after these past few disruptive years. Along with the Murray Club President, Gordon McMorris, it was an excellent opportunity to meet with a number of our English Clubs; SAMS Liverpool, Bootle, and Lancashire & Cheshire. English brethren were joined by many from Scotland and from Northern Ireland. Members of Newtownstewart Murray travelled with Castlederg Young Loyalists (Old Boys) FB, to make a weekend of it. A good parade and evening harmony, which is hoped to become an annual date for the diary on the last Saturday of October.
Due to the period of mourning for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth this was not the usual joint event with the Mitchelburne Club, with each Club attending separately for a simple wreath laying, rather than the usual short Service prior to a Parade to the Memorial Hall for initiations. A few Parent Club members attended our annual visit to the Murray Grave, with President, Gordon McMorris, laying the wreath and the Chaplain, David Austin, saying a short prayer.