150th Anniversary Service, Sunday 4 February 2007
On Sunday 4th February 2007, the school held a service of thanksgiving and rededication to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the school's foundation.
It was held in Bangor Parish Church and was a marvellously enjoyable celebration of life in the school, past and present. The school was privileged to welcome The Right Revd The Lord Eames of Armagh as the visiting preacher. His words were challenging and inspirational. The school's joint Honorary Chaplain, Revd Nigel Parker, the Rector of Bangor, was, to everyone's regret, unable to participate because of 'flu, but the service was led, in his place, by Revd Michael Parker, the Rector of St Gall's Church, Carnalea, a former pupil and a member, as he reminded the congregation, of the class of 1988. The intercessions and rededication were most movingly led by Revd Willis Cordner, Minister of First Bangor Presbyterian Church and the joint Honorary Chaplain to the school.
The music was directed by Mr Jonathan Rea, the Director of Music, together with Miss Deirdre Cannon and Miss Claire Evans and beautifully performed by a section of the school's concert band and the chamber choir.
The photographs show the Headmaster presenting Lord Eames, after the service, with an illuminated copy of the school song, prepared by the school archivist, Barry Greenaway; and, pictured outside the church (left to right), Jonathan Rea (Director of Music), Ken Best (Chairman of the Bangor Grammarians), Revd Willis Cordner (Joint Honorary Chaplain) the Headmaster, the Mayor of North Down, Councillor Alan Leslie, Lord Eames, Revd Michael Parker, Stanley Smith (Immediate Past Chairman of the Board of Governors), Robin Gordon (Head Boy).
To read the Order of Service and the comments of the school's Headmaster, Mr Stephen Connolly, please click on the links below.