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The Twelfth in Bangor 2017
Orangemen and women from across North Down will mark the 327th anniversary of the Battle of the Boyne with the Twelfth demonstration on Wednesday in Bangor.
Host District Bangor LOL 18 will welcome fellow brethren from Newtownards, Holywood and Upper Ards districts as well as bands and many visitors from further afield.
Earlier in the morning various feeder parades will bring the Newtownards lodges to our starting point in Mary Street for 9.30am. Our local parade will begin at 10am and take the following route:
Mary Street, Mark Street, Upper North Street, Talbot Street, William Street, Regent Street, Frances Street, Zion Place, Bangor Road and onto buses. Buses will drop visiting Districts in the Bloomfield Road/Gransha Road area.
The main demonstration will commence at 11.45am with Bangor lodges starting from Castle Street, while the visiting Districts will join in from Gransha Road. The demonstration field will be at Valentine Playing Fields.
PARADE ROUTE: Castle Street, Main Street, Castle Park Avenue, Castle Park Road, Castle Street, Hamilton Road, Donaghadee Road, High Street, Quay Street, Main Street, Abbey Street, Newtownards Road, Abbey Hill Drive.
Once in the field, platform proceedings will start at 2.15pm. The return parade in Bangor will leave the field at 4pm along the following route:
Abbey Hill Drive, Newtownards Road, Abbey Street, Main Street. At the junction of Main Street and Castle Street, Bangor District will open ranks to allow Newtownards, Upper Ards and Holywood Districts to parade though onto Castle Street to their buses on Bloomfield Road and Gransha Road.
On return to Newtownards, our lodges will get off buses on Bangor Road and proceed to Conway Square via Zion Place, Upper Movilla Street, Queen Street, Upper Greenwell Street, New Road, Portaferry Road, Castle Street and High Street.
New bannerette dedicated at Craigantlet
King George VI Memorial unfurled their new lodge bannerette at their annual service on Sunday past.
With a dedication from Pastor Roy Graham and the unveiling carried out by long time friends of the lodge Ellie and Jean Henderson, the new bannerette was carried over the hills of Craigantlet for the first time following the service.
The bannerette features a portrait of our last King, George VI while the reverse image displays the nearby Helen's Tower with poppies. Another excellent piece of work produced by Bro Stephen Rodgers.
New banner unfurling
Reformation Truth Defenders LOL 1521 dedicated their new banner at a service held in Martyrs Memorial Free Presbyterian Church in late May.
The District's newest lodge unveiled their banner in front of lodge members and visiting brethren that included the County Master and Deputy County Master.
Following the service, those present were treated to an excellent tour of the chuch buildings that included a fantastic Reformation Exhibition, currently on display at the church.
Presentation to Cancer Focus Northern Ireland
Each year, our District nominates a charity to raise funds for. In 2016, the chosen cause was Cancer Focus Northern Ireland.
During the course of the year, lodges and individual members contributed to the charity through monthly donations, a sponsored walk and collections taken up at church services and our carol service.
Suzie Colledge from Cancer Focus was along at our District dinner in March to collect the sum of our efforts, which was a fantastic £1500. In 2017, the District will be supporting Killard House School.
New lodge holds inaugural meeting
Friday 27th January saw the newest lodge under the jurisdiction of the Grand Orange Lodge of Ireland former as LOL 1521 became a member of Newtownards District.
Reformation Truth Defenders LOL 1521 held their inaugural meeting at Sloan's House, Museum of Orange Heritage at Loughgall, County Armagh. Sloan's House was where the first Orange warrants were issued following the Battle of the Diamond in September 1795.
The Worshipful District Master of Newtownards District, Wor Bro Mark McDonald instituted the lodge and installed the lodge officers.
On behalf of Sloan's House, the County Master of County Armagh Grand Orange Lodge, Wor Bro Denis Watson presented the lodge with a special certificate to mark the occasion. Afterwards, the County Secretary of County Armagh, Wor Bro Roger Gardiner conducted a tour of the museum.
LOL 1521 is the first lodge to be instituted in Newtownards District in 64 years. The new lodge will sit at Craigantlet Orange Hall.