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Excellent turn-out for launch of “Seasons of my Life” by Diana McClelland

Over 100 people packed Ballyrashane Presbyterian Church Hall to support local author Diana McClelland who launched her new book ‘The Seasons of my Life’.

Special Guest and host George Jones, well-known Radio presenter and musician with Clubsound introduced the evening which began with reflections from former minister of Ballyrashane Presbyterian Church, the Rev, Graham Connor, who reminisced on his first meeting with Diana and paying special tribute to her baking skills and hospitality.

Gwen Cochrane, Alison Robinson and Louise Cochrane of the church’s praise choir entertained with a beautiful rendition of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah and the popular Christmas Carol “Oh Holy Night” by Adolphe Adam.

Oh course George had a few jokes to set the evening off and typically a few yarns of his own. But, the start of the evening was undouibtedly Diana who was the middle child of five, two older brothers and two younger brothers.

Diana gave an insight into her early years living on the family farm at Knockaduff in Aghadowey, her first job in Tweddy Acheson’s, Coleraine, meeting her future husband Norman and her early years of marriage living on the McClelland family farm at Tullans. Norman and Diana were married in 1968 and shared 52 years together until Norman sadly passed away three years ago.

She also gave an insight into the tacit support she had from Norman when she launched Tullans Holiday Park and how they were blessed with three sons and a daughter, David, Ian, Ross and Ruth and nine grandchildren.

During her interview with George Jones Diana shared her coming to faith as a young woman and how her faith has supported her through the ups and downs of life.

Following the book launch, tea was served while Diana was busy signing copies of her book as a very long queue had formed to purchase and also get copies signed.

Popular well-known musician and radio presenter George Jones who hosted the book launch “Seasons of my Life” with author Diana McClelland in Ballyrashane Church Hall on Thursday evening.

Diana McClelland signing copies of her “Seasons of my Life” following her book launch in Ballyrashane Presbyterian Church.

Diana McClelland with George Jones, guest speaker who helped launch “Seqason of my Life” on Thursday evening with her family Ruth, Ross and Ian. Diana’s eldest son David lives in Scotland ands was unable to be present.

The audience pictured at Ballyrashane Presbyterian Church Hall for the launch of “Seasons of my Life” by Diana McClelland.

Diana’s grandchildren from left: Jamie Pollock, Noah McClelland, Hannah McClelland, Ruby McClelland, Isla McClelland, Sam Pollock and Lewis Pollock. Diana’s other two grandchildren Grace and Emma McClelland reside in Scotland.

The audience pictured at Ballyrashane Presbyterian Church Hall for the launch of “Seasons of my Life” by Diana McClelland.

The audience pictured at Ballyrashane Presbyterian Church Hall for the launch of “Seasons of my Life” by Diana McClelland.

The audience pictured at Ballyrashane Presbyterian Church Hall for the launch of “Seasons of my Life” by Diana McClelland.

The audience pictured at Ballyrashane Presbyterian Church Hall for the launch of “Seasons of my Life” by Diana McClelland.

The audience pictured at Ballyrashane Presbyterian Church Hall for the launch of “Seasons of my Life” by Diana McClelland.

The audience pictured at Ballyrashane Presbyterian Church Hall for the launch of “Seasons of my Life” by Diana McClelland.

The audience pictured at Ballyrashane Presbyterian Church Hall for the launch of “Seasons of my Life” by Diana McClelland.

The audience pictured at Ballyrashane Presbyterian Church Hall for the launch of “Seasons of my Life” by Diana McClelland.

The audience pictured at Ballyrashane Presbyterian Church Hall for the launch of “Seasons of my Life” by Diana McClelland.

The audience pictured at Ballyrashane Presbyterian Church Hall for the launch of “Seasons of my Life” by Diana McClelland.

The audience pictured at Ballyrashane Presbyterian Church Hall for the launch of “Seasons of my Life” by Diana McClelland.

The audience pictured at Ballyrashane Presbyterian Church Hall for the launch of “Seasons of my Life” by Diana McClelland.

The audience pictured at Ballyrashane Presbyterian Church Hall for the launch of “Seasons of my Life” by Diana McClelland.

The audience pictured at Ballyrashane Presbyterian Church Hall for the launch of “Seasons of my Life” by Diana McClelland.

The audience pictured at Ballyrashane Presbyterian Church Hall for the launch of “Seasons of my Life” by Diana McClelland.

The audience pictured at Ballyrashane Presbyterian Church Hall for the launch of “Seasons of my Life” by Diana McClelland.

The audience pictured at Ballyrashane Presbyterian Church Hall for the launch of “Seasons of my Life” by Diana McClelland.

The audience pictured at Ballyrashane Presbyterian Church Hall for the launch of “Seasons of my Life” by Diana McClelland.

The audience pictured at Ballyrashane Presbyterian Church Hall for the launch of “Seasons of my Life” by Diana McClelland.

The audience pictured at Ballyrashane Presbyterian Church Hall for the launch of “Seasons of my Life” by Diana McClelland.

The audience pictured at Ballyrashane Presbyterian Church Hall for the launch of “Seasons of my Life” by Diana McClelland.

The audience pictured at Ballyrashane Presbyterian Church Hall for the launch of “Seasons of my Life” by Diana McClelland.

The audience pictured at Ballyrashane Presbyterian Church Hall for the launch of “Seasons of my Life” by Diana McClelland.

The audience pictured at Ballyrashane Presbyterian Church Hall for the launch of “Seasons of my Life” by Diana McClelland.

The audience pictured at Ballyrashane Presbyterian Church Hall for the launch of “Seasons of my Life” by Diana McClelland.

Alison Robinson and Louise Cochrane who sang at the launch of “Seasons of my Life’ by Diana McClelland, at Ballyrashane Presbyterian Church Hall.

The audience pictured at Ballyrashane Presbyterian Church Hall for the launch of “Seasons of my Life” by Diana McClelland.

The audience pictured at Ballyrashane Presbyterian Church Hall for the launch of “Seasons of my Life” by Diana McClelland.

The audience pictured at Ballyrashane Presbyterian Church Hall for the launch of “Seasons of my Life” by Diana McClelland.

The audience pictured at Ballyrashane Presbyterian Church Hall for the launch of “Seasons of my Life” by Diana McClelland.

The audience pictured at Ballyrashane Presbyterian Church Hall for the launch of “Seasons of my Life” by Diana McClelland.

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Maurice Bradley