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The Twelfth in Donaghadee
The costal town of Donaghadee was packed with spectators as the four Districts of Upper Ards, Newtownards, Holywood and Bangor gathered to celebrate the 326th anniversary of the Battle of the Boyne.
Orangemen and women, along with their bands and visitors from farther afield paraded the streets of Donaghadee to the demonstration field at The Commons, where marchers could then enjoy some lunch and a well deserved rest, while also listening to the religious service from the gathered dignitaries.
See here for our gallery from yet another glorious Twelfth
Marking the Battle of the Somme centenary
The District gathered on Friday 1st July for an act of remembrance on the centenary of the Battle of the Somme. We remembered those Orange brethren who gave everything they had on the fields of France a century ago. This year each lodge in the District laid an individual wreath of remembrance, as did the women's lodges and a number of bands.
The Loughries Great War project
Loughries True Blues LOL 1948 were formed in 1869. In 2015 they embarked on a project to celebrate the history of the lodge and remember the brethren of LOL 1948 who served or died in the Great War of 1914-1918.
One aspect of the project was the publication of a book ‘The Great War and Its Legacy, A History of Loughries True Blues LOL 1948’. The book was launched at an event on Tuesday 10th May 2016 in Mary Street Orange Hall.
This book, along with details of the larger project are now available on the Loughries Great War mini-site.
LOL 1973 visit the birthplace of Orangeism
On Saturday 18th June King George VI Memorial LOL 1973 organised their annual outing, which this year saw members and friends visit the new Museum of Orange Heritage in Loughgall as well as the nearby Dan Winter's Cottage, both sites closely linked with the creation of the Orange Institution.
An enjoyable and informative day was had by all, which culminated with a meal at La Mon Hotel.
LOL 111 unveil new banner
Ulster's Chosen Few unfurled a new banner in Mary Street Orange Hall on 18th June. Launched to coincide with the centenary of the Battle of the Somme, the new banner remembers two brethren of the lodge, who served with distinction during the Great War and features imagery from the battle fields of France.
Loughries unfurl new War Bannerette
In April 2016 Loughries True Blues LOL 1948 unfurled a new bannerette at the Somme Museum, Conlig. The bannerette is dedicated to the memory of Lodge members who served, fought and died during the Great War.
The Lodge members and invited guests began the evening with two complimentary tours of the Somme Museum, prior to the unfurling ceremony in the main hall. Wor. Bro. Mark Anderson welcomed everyone to the evening and gave a overview of the World War 1 project that Loughries had undertaken.
This was followed by the unfurling ceremony performed by Wor. Bro. David Cargo Snr. Hon. Deputy Grand Master of the Grand Orange Lodge of Ireland and Wor. Bro. Stephen Rodgers, Lodge Treasurer and the banner painter.
Mrs Carol Walker from the Somme Museum gave a 'twin towers' talk on the Ulster Tower and Helen's Tower.
On Tuesday 10th May at 7.45pm Loughries will launch their historical booklet ‘The Great War and its Legacy – the history of Loughries True Blues LOL 1948" in the Orange Hall, Mary Street.
As part of the evening there will be two talks on the theme of The Battle of the Somme. Philip Orr, writer and World War I historian will give a talk on the Battle of the Somme, while Nigel Henderson, writer and researcher, will give a presentation on his work with Loughries on researching men of the Great War and offer advice on tracing your WWI ancestors.
At the conclusion of the talk both speakers will be available for questions - a light supper will be provided.
New medal struck to commemorate The Somme
The District is marking the centenary of the Battle of the Somme with a specially commissioned medal. The unique medal hangs on an orange and purple ribbon and features Helen's Tower with a single poppy and is inscribed 'Lest We Forget'.
The medal is priced at £10 and is available now for members of the District to purchase through their private lodge.