Remarkable centenarian Johnny Dalton continued his long tradition of attending the Royal Black Preceptory Parade which was held in Brookeborough last Saturday.

Indeed, Johnny from Maguiresbridge,who attended with his wife Edith, has not missed a parade since joining many, many years ago and his family says there was no way he was going to miss this time around.

His daughter, Mildred Kirkpatrick who brought Johnny to the parade with her husband Norman, said there was no doubt that her father would be attending the parade this year: “He was going and it didn’t matter.’’

Mrs Kirkpatrick also told us that his favourite part of the day was “meeting friends and meeting other members of the lodge, and those who he didn’t see made a point of coming after the parade to see him”.

However, Johnny takes all of the activity of the day in his stride as Mrs Kirkpatrick recounts how he spent the rest of his day.

“He went home and went to bed. It took a lot out of him, you know, but he had to get there and that’s it.”

His dedication to the lodge and to his Silver Band, evident in his proud accomplishment of not missing a single Black Parade since joining, is clearly seen and appreciated by all those who avail of the “wonderful legacy” he has left in the Maguiresbridge Silver Band, which they hope to “pass onto the generations to come”.

A multifaceted musician and a founding member of the Maguiresbridge Silver Band in 1948, Johnny celebrated his 100th birthday in The Valley Hotel, Fivemiletown, on June 15 with a serenade from his beloved Silver Band, who thanked him for his “contribution, dedication and hard work to all band life”.