ORANGE banners marking seminal historic events are among the nominees for a prestigious award later this month.
Artistic images depicting the signing of the Ulster Covenant, the end of World War Two, the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and King William crossing the Boyne all feature in the Best New Banner category at this year’s Orange Community Awards. Tragic maritime disasters with particular local resonance, involving both the Titanic and the Princess Victoria vessels, are also remembered among the respective banner illustrations. The shortlisted banners – all painted by local artist William Magowan – are representative of six individual Orange Lodges from across the Province, and were all unfurled for the first time during 2012.
William painted all of the banners but it is the lodges themselves that are in the running for the best banner award as they instructed him on the designs they wanted. William is a full-time banner artist and is almost fully booked for the next two years, such is the demand for his skills.