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Society owes the BB a debt of gratitude

I WANT to extend my thanks and congratulations to the Boys' Brigade on this, their 125th anniversary.

My father (ex-Army) was invited as a cook to a Boys' Brigade camp, after which I joined the 10th Belfast Company.

I can only say a big thank you to the officers and members who taught me many skills and moral values and who gave their time to organise and attend the annual camp – probably using their holiday entitlement.

It is incredible that, throughout the Troubles, BB meetings continued, and I am certain many of these would have taken place in very difficult circumstances.

To all those BB members who served the young people of Northern Ireland, I want to pay tribute.

The BB movement has been a power for good in our society and society owes the organisation a special debt of gratitude.

DESMOND MEREDITH

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