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Orange Order presents flags to trio of towns ahead of Twelfth

Worshipful Brother Counciller Mark McMcKinty; District Secretary, Worshipful Brother Harry Carter; District Master of Larne District LOL No 1; Larne Mayor Councillor  Martin Wilson; Worshipful Bother Alastair Smyth, Deputy Grand Master of the Grand Orange Lodge of Ireland; Deputy District Master David Swann and District Chaplain Ian Smith at the launch of the Larne Flagship Twelfth

Worshipful Brother Counciller Mark McMcKinty; District Secretary, Worshipful Brother Harry Carter; District Master of Larne District LOL No 1; Larne Mayor Councillor Martin Wilson; Worshipful Bother Alastair Smyth, Deputy Grand Master of the Grand Orange Lodge of Ireland; Deputy District Master David Swann and District Chaplain Ian Smith at the launch of the Larne Flagship Twelfth

A trio of flags have been handed out to key sites ahead of the Twelfth celebrations.

Orangemen in Limavady, Markethill and Larne were given the emblems in recognition of what the Order called their “tourist flagship status”.

These will be displayed in their areas ahead of the annual Battle of the Boyne celebrations – which will see 17 demonstrations take place across the Province.

The presentations were carried out by Edward Stevenson, Grand Master of the Grand Orange Lodge of Ireland, and Deputy Grand Master Rev Alistair Smyth.

Mr Stevenson said: “All three venues, representing geographical and historical diversity, are providing a vibrant programme of events and significant Orange processions, which will be enjoyed by tens of thousands of people.

“Visitors at each of the parades will be facilitated by fully trained welcome hosts, who will offer assistance and guidance on the day.”

He said the Twelfth was “a colourful spectacle of pageantry and music like no other”, and expressed his hope that it will be a day to remember for all.

 

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