1st Derry hosts annual Parkinson’s carol service

The Holy Family Primary School choir, with Principal Mr Gary Matheson and musical director Mrs Doherty pictured with the Mayor Brenda Stevenson, Deputy Mayor Gary Middleton, clergy and event organisers.
The Holy Family Primary School choir, with Principal Mr Gary Matheson and musical director Mrs Doherty pictured with the Mayor Brenda Stevenson, Deputy Mayor Gary Middleton, clergy and event organisers.

The Foyle Branch of Parkinson’s UK held their annual Carol Service in 1st Derry Presbyterian Church.

In addition to traditional readings and carols an ensemble, drawn from the Hamilton Flute Band, played a selection of familiar festive melodies.

From left, Rev. David Latimer, Mayor, Brenda Stevenson, and Laura Smyth and Jack Glenn from the Foyle Branch of Parkinson's UK.

From left, Rev. David Latimer, Mayor, Brenda Stevenson, and Laura Smyth and Jack Glenn from the Foyle Branch of Parkinson's UK.

A highlight of the service was singing by the Holy Family Primary School choir, conducted by Mrs Claire Doherty.

The choir, who are winners of the prestigious Barnardo’s Choir of the Year, thrilled the congregation with their happy, inspirational singing.

The Carol service, which was organised by Jack Glenn NI Trustee Parkinson’s UK, was attended by Mayor Brenda Stevenson and also by the Deputy Mayor, Gary Middleton.

Reverend David Latimer was joined by Father Paddy O’Kane who concluded a truly memorable Christmas service with a Celtic blessing.

Refreshments were provided for everyone after the service.