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Ballyrashane Band dedicate three summer seats in memory of esteemed member, the late Ian Ramage

On 15th May 2022 Ballyrashane Flute Band lost one of their long standing stalwarts, Mr Ian Ramage, the band treasurer of 46 years and a member for over 60 years.

In the winter of that year, the band members wanted to commemorate Ian’s service, a service that we knew would never be equalled. So the suggestion of a summer seat was put to the floor and on reflection we felt it only right to produce three; one for the War Memorial Orange Hall; one for St. John the Baptist Parish Church, and finally The Coronation Sports and Social Club, all of which were Ian’s passions as he was a member of the Select Vestry of the Parish and a committee member of the Coronation Club for many year.

Some of the members said they had iron summer seat ends at home so five sets were donated and the best three were picked. The band then had them dipped and stripped and powder coated two in the Bands Royal Blue and one in Black for the Parish Graveyard of St. John’s.

Local carpenter Mr David Millar of Ballybogey sourced the proper wooden slats and paired them with all three sets of ends, the wood was stained and varnished and all through the process Ian’s widow Mrs Peggy Ramage was consulted at each stage.

When the seats were finished the band asked the Select Vestry and the Rev. Amanda Adams to place one in the church graveyard and if she would be so kind as to dedicate it and two others in their locations. Thankfully, the Rev Adams agreed and the Band members were invited to a special service of dedication on Sunday 24th June where various items were donated for the use of the church by vaious Parishioners, including the Summer Seat from the band, presented by Graham Watton, Band Secretary to the Rector as incumbent of the Parish Church. 

After the service the band members along with Mrs Peggy Ramage had a few pictures taken to Mark the Occasion.
Rev. Adams gracefully agreed to dedicate two further summer seats along with a new bass drum, purchased by Mr Colin McAfee in memory of his late father Davy McAfee who was the band’s bass drummer for numerous years and a brother-in-law of Ian.

The band felt it only fitting to dedicate this on the same night as they dedicated the seat at the War Memorial Orange Hall on Monday 3rd July. Colin presented the bass drum to Bandmaster Davy Duff and Band Secretary Graham Watton on behalf of the Band presented the Summer Seat to Wor. Bro William McClements PM to Ballyrashane LOL 431’s safe keeping after which the Rev Adams blessed and dedicated both these items.

The Band then paraded to the Coronation Sports and Recreation Club where a third seat was presented by the band Secretary to the Hon President of the Coronation Sports and Social Club Sam Boyd, for safe keeping and use in the grounds of the club by its membership. This was accepted and received on behalf of the club by Mr Dessie Quinn, Chairman, after which the Rev Adams Dedicated and blessed the seat as before.

The Rev Adams was presented with a bouquet of Flowers and a financial gift, handed over to St John the Baptist Parish Church building fund by the Bandmaster, Davy Duff and Reece Watton, band treasurer, presented a bouquet of flowers to Mrs Peggy Ramage.

The band then played a hymn and the National Anthem below the lodges garland before completing the Ballyvelton Road one, of four traditional routes the band complete on the run up to the the 12th of July Celebrations, when the band will celebrate their 115th year.

Pictured at the presentation and Dedication of a Summer seat at the Ballyrashane Sports and Recreation Club are from left: Sam Boyd, President of the Coronation Sports and Recreation Club; Davy Duff, Bandmaster, Ballyrashane Flute Band; Andrew McGrath, assistant Bandmaster; Reece Watton, treasurer, Graeme Watton, secretary; Dessie Quinn, Chairman, Ballyrashane Sports and Recreation Club, and Colin McAfee, who presented the band with a new bass drum in memory of his father, David McAfee, bass drummer with the band for many years. Seated from are Rev. Amanda Adams, who performed the dedication ceremony and Peggy Ramage, wife of the late Ian

Davy Duff, Bandmaster, Ballyrashane Flute Band and Colin McAfee, who presented the band with a new bass drum in memory of his late father, David McAfee, bass drummer with the band for many years.

Pictured at the presentation and Dedication of a Summer are Davy Duff, Bandmaster, Ballyrashane Flute Band who presented bouquet of flowers to the Rev. Amanda Adams, who performed the dedication ceremony.

Reece Watton, treasurer, who presented Peggy Ramage, wife of the late Ian Ramage a bouquet of flowers.

Pictured at the presentation and Dedication of a Summer seat at the Ballyrashane Sports and Recreation Club are Davy Duff, Bandmaster, Ballyrashane Flute Band; Reece Watton, treasurer, Graeme Watton, secretary; and Rev. Amanda Adams, who performed the dedication ceremony and Peggy Ramage, wife of the late Ian Ramage.

Ballyrashane Flute Band members pictured with Peggy Ramage, wife of the late Ian Ramage whom the band dedicated a summer seat in the Parish Graveyard of St. John’s for use of those visiting the grave of loved ones in Ian’s memory.

Pictured at the presentation and Dedication of a Summer seat at the Ballyrashane War Memorial Orange Hall. Seated from are Rev. Amanda Adams, who performed the dedication ceremony and Peggy Ramage, wife of the late Ian Ramage.

Pictured at the presentation and Dedication of a Summer seat at the Ballyrashane at Memorial Orange Hall are from left: Graeme Watton, secretary; Andrew McGrath, assistant Bandmaster; Reece Watton, treasurer; Billy McClements, PM, Ballyrashane LOL 431; Rev. Amanda Adams, who performed the dedication ceremony and Peggy Ramage, wife of the late Ian Ramage; Colin McAfee, who presented the band with a new bass drum in memory of his father, the late David McAfee, bass drummer with the band for many years and Davy Duff, Bandmaster.

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