A DECORATED war veteran from Omagh who recently celebrated his 100th birthday has been named as the inspecting officer at this year’s Remembrance Day commemorations in the town.
Bob Lingwood, who was born in London in 1918, but has lived in Omagh for around 50 years, received a Military Medal for the bravery he displayed while serving the British Army during the Second World War.
Fittingly, the popular centenarian, who helped to carry the Olympic Torch through Omagh in 2012, has now been chosen to act as the inspecting officer for the Remembrance Day parade in Omagh.
This year’s commemorations, which will be taking place in towns and villages across Tyrone this Sunday, have an added significance as they
mark 100 years since the end of the First World War.
Richard Scott, chairman of the Omagh branch of the Royal British Legion, said that it was an honour to have Mr Lingwood involved this weekend.
Mr Scott said, “In a year when we are remembering the end of World War One, here we have an inspecting officer born in that very year, 1918. I am sure that there are very few Legions in the country that can say they are having a Remembrance Day with a man of the stature of Bob, a man that is so respected in his adopted local community.
“Bob is a remarkable man whom I have been honoured to get to know. He is an inspiration to all that know him and especially the young to
whom he is a real role model.
“The branch had no hesitation when it came to our inspecting officer for 2018.
“So I do hope that the community will come out to have the honour of being inspected by and being in the presence of this wonderful local