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Salvos celebrate 125 years

THERE was one eye on the past and the other on the future as the Salvation Army celebrated 125 years in Grafton at the weekend.

Army captain Keith Atkinson said gatherings of between 150 and 200 people attended a series of events to mark the historic anniversary.

And while the weekend recognised the achievements of the Salvation Army in the Clarence since 1884, yesterday morning's church service at the Salvation Army Hall showed the future is in good hands as well.

“There were 170 people at the service and during it we welcomed what we call 'a new soldier' into the Army,” Captain Atkinson said.

“Garrett Salter is a 17-year-old who is a very talented musician and he became a uniformed soldier. It was a very exciting part of the ceremony on such a special weekend.”

The anniversary celebrations included a musical program at the Salvation Army Hall on Saturday night, which included a composite brass band with more than 30 members drawn from around the State.

Yesterday's program included the morning service, a nursing home visit by the Army band, lunch for 150 people and an afternoon of music and praise at the Christ Church Cathedral, which was attended by 200 people.

Special guests were Lieutenant-Colonels Philip and Jan Cairns, who now live in Sydney but were local officers when the hall in Oliver Street was built.

“There were quite a lot of people that had moved away from Grafton who came back to join in the celebrations,” Captain Atkinson said.

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