Members of the local Scouting community recently welcomed the Peace Light of Bethlehem to Fermanagh.

The Peace Light is an eternal flame that burns on the west bank of Israel, in the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, believed to be the birth place of Jesus Christ.

A Christian child from Bethlehem took a light from the flame, and it was then taken to Amman, (Jordan), where it was given to a young Austrian Scout, who carefully carried it in the cockpit of an airplane to Austria.

This year, the Peace Light was delayed in arriving to Fermanagh, on Saturday, December 23, due to the ongoing conflict in the region.

Members of Scouting Ireland and Fermanagh Scouts took part in the cross-community service which was held firstly at St. Michael's Church before it crossed the road to St. Macartin's Cathedral.

The Peace light was carried across the road by Scouting County Commissioners, Rosemary Forde, Fermanagh Scouts, and Christina Woods, Erne Scout County, Scouting Ireland.

The unique cross-community event saw youth members, parents and leaders from both Scouting organisations come together to celebrate peace.

The service was led by Monsignor Peter O’Reilly, St. Michael's Church, and Rev. Colin Brownsmith, St. Macartin’s Cathedral.

Welcoming those attending to the service, Monsignor O'Reilly said: "As we reflect on this symbolism and the receiving of the Peace Light, may we pray that there will be a togetherness and friendship throughout the world, especially when we think on those countries where there is conflict."

Those attending the service included Viscount and Viscountess Brookeborough; the Earl of Erne: Noelle McAlinden, the High Sheriff for County Fermanagh; and Deputy Lieutenants, Jane Styles, Jenny Irvine and Ernie Fisher.

Attending on behalf of Scouting were Stephen Donaldson, Chief Commissioner, Scouts NI, and Rónán McGibbon, Provincial Commissioner, Scouting Ireland.

Fermanagh Girl Guides were invited to join the service and were represented by Caroline Neville, County commissioner, Fermanagh Guides, and Louie Lee, Guide Leader, 1st Magheraculmoney Girl Guides.