LARNE Football Club held its first full Act of Remembrance, ahead of Monday’s Premiership encounter with Crusaders.
Representatives from each of the three supporters clubs, members of the Royal British Legion and officials from Crusaders, joined with chairman Gareth Clements and captain Jeff Hughes in laying a wreath to remember the fallen from the two world wars.
The short service was led by board member Ian Cahoon, which included a Bible reading, prayers, minute’s silence, laying of wreaths and the Last Post.
We also remembered former player John White Swann, who also turned out for Ballymena United and Patrick Thistle. John enlisted for the second world war effort, serving in England as a member of a bomber crew, when he died on active service due to war operations at Cambridge Hospital in Aldershot on 15th September 1943.
Chairman Gareth Clements said: “I want to thank the club’s supporters, who came out in their numbers, and joined us a full two hours before kick-off.
“We held the Act of Remembrance at this time to allow members of the dressing room to join us and it was pleasing to see so many of them.
“The minute’s silence ahead of kick-off also ensured everyone in attendance had an opportunity to pay their respects.
“As a club, we felt it was important for us to mark the fallen, especially with the match being played on Remembrance Day.”
Photograph: Sam Johnston.