THE weather was favourable in Irvinestown on Remembrance Sunday for the annual parade and church service.

Proceedings began at 2.30pm from St. Paul's Primary School, and the parade was led by Drumharvey Pipe Band, with Leslie Wilson as the parade commander.

Wreaths were laid at Sacred Heart Church by Marcus Hunter, Royal British Legion (RBL), and Joyce Kempton, on behalf of the RAF.

They were accompanied to graves by William Irvine, Chairman, Irvinestown RBL.

Representing Her Majesty The Queen was County Fermanagh Deputy Lord Lieutenant, Shaun Pendry, who took the salute of the RBL.

The parade halted at the Cross of Sacrifice, with the Irvinestown ceremony remembering the sacrifice made by airmen who lost their lives during flying missions while based at RAF Castle Archdale.

Many of the airmen’s graves, mostly members of the Canadian Royal Air Force, are in Derryvullan North and Sacred Heart Church churchyards in the town.

Wreaths were laid by Mr. Pendry on behalf of Her Majesty, and by Mr. Irvine on behalf of the Irvinestown RBL branch.

Representatives of the Fermanagh and Omagh PSNI, Kesh USC Association, the Royal Irish Regiment Association, the UDR Association, the First Battalion of the ACF from Enniskillen and the RAF were also in attendance to lay wreaths.

Others from the community who laid wreaths included the Board of Governors of Devenish College, the Boy's Brigade, the Girl's Brigade, Irvinestown Primary School's Principal and the school's Board of Governors.

The RBL standard was carried by Ray Fleming, the group standard was carried by Lewis Jennings, the RAF standard was carried by Ray Kempton, the Ulster Special Constabulary standard was carried by Jack Moore, and members of the Boy's Brigade and Girl's Brigade carried standards of behalf of the youth-uniformed organisations.

The Reveille and The Last Post were sounded by bugler Daniel Fyffe.

The Remembrance Sunday service combined the parishioners of the Church of Ireland, the Methodist Church, and the Presbyterian Church, and took place in Derryvullan North, St. Tighernach, Church of Ireland.

The service was led by Canon Thompson; the sermon was led by Rev. George Bowes; and the scripture was read by Mr. Pendry, with 100 people attending the service due to social distancing regulations.