The tunic worn by the Duke of Cambridge (Prince William) at his wedding to the Duchess of Cambridge, formerly Catherine Middleton, in April 2011, is the star attraction at the ‘All Things Bright And Beautiful’ Flower Festival, which opened at Cappagh Parish Church near Omagh on Friday afternoon.
The church, off the Gortin Road, was buzzing with activity as people landed in their droves for the beginning of the four-day festival. Many were astonished to see the red Irish Guards officer’s tunic worn by the prince on display in a rural church in Northern Ireland. The prince also wore the star and blue riband of the Order of the Garter, which are also on display. The tunic has been loaned to Cappagh Church for the duration of the flower festival.
It is only a few weeks since a radical three-hundred-thousand pound restoration project was completed at Cappagh Church. The building looked radiant inside and out as visitors from as far away as Aghalee, near Lurgan, arrived in the early autumn sunshine to see the magnificent floral displays. Among the first people greeted by the Rector, Rev Canon Derek Quinn, was Mrs June Forbes, whose father, Rev J.W. Wright, had served as Rector of the Parish of Cappagh for 23 years, from 1935-58.
2018 is a special year for Cappagh Church which is celebrating its 250th anniversary this year. On Sunday next, the church will be doubly honoured as two bishops arrive to preach at separate services marking the anniversary. Bishop Ken Clarke will be preaching at the 11.30 a.m. service while the Bishop of Derry and Raphoe, Rt Rev Ken Good, will deliver the sermon at the 7.30 p.m. service.
The ‘All Things Bright And Beautiful’ Flower Festival continues until teatime on Monday. Refreshments are available to visitors in on-site marquee erected in the church car park.