Belfast Telegraph

Ceremony hit by bomb alert will go ahead this weekend

By Donna Deeney

A wreath-laying ceremony abandoned on Remembrance Sunday because of a security alert will take place tomorrow.

The Royal British Legion's Omagh Branch has issued invites to its members, serving and ex-services personnel and civilian and youth organisations along with members of the public.

Richard Scott, chairman of the local Royal British Legion branch, said it was important the event goes ahead.

"Last Sunday, following close liaison with the police, we were able to parade to our interdenominational Service of Remembrance, slightly later than usual," he said.

"Due to the actions of others, we were prevented from continuing to the war memorial for our wreath-laying ceremony.

"This was obviously desperately disappointing for all involved, who were there to remember the sacrifices of those from both communities.

"It was important to hold the service to send out a clear message that we cannot be cowed or deflected by those who were intent to cause mayhem on such an important day."

Those parading will be at the Legion at Campsie Road by 10am and it is anticipated the parade will move off shortly after 10.30am.

The Act of Remembrance will begin at 11am, followed by the wreath-laying ceremony. Wreaths will be laid by those due to do so last Sunday.

Afterwards the parade will resume along Drumragh Avenue, with the salute at the Boer War Memorial, before returning to the Legion premises.

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