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Justice Minister David Ford sings praises of prisons staff at St Anne's carol service

By Nevin Farrell

Justice Minister David Ford yesterday joined hundreds of staff and their guests at the annual Prison Service carol service at St Anne's Cathedral in Belfast.

The service is organised by the Prison Service Central Benevolent Fund, which provides support for widows and families of deceased officers and also gives help to injured and ill officers.

The Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols was conducted by the Very Reverend John Mann, Dean of St Anne's. Music was provided by the Ballyduff Silver Band, with singing by Dromore Central Primary School and soloist Clover Watts.

Mr Ford said: "It has been my pleasure to join with the Prison Service family in celebrating the beginning of the Christmas season in these wonderful surroundings.

"It was inspiring to meet so many members of the Prison Service family, including widows and retired officers, and to see staff playing an important role in today's festivities. I would like to thank the Central Benevolent Fund not only for organising this event but also for the valuable work they have done throughout the year."

Mr Ford praised all those who made the event such a success.

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