Gallery: Six lodges short-listed for Best Banner

A Comber soldier who lost her life while serving in Afghanistan is among those commemorated on Orange banners that will compete for a prestigious award later this month.

Corporal Channing Day, who died in October 2012, is remembered on the Comber Ulster Defenders LOL 100 banerette, which is in the running alongside five others to be named Best New Banner at this year’s Orange Community Awards.

Comber Ulster Defenders LOL 100

Comber Ulster Defenders LOL 100

The 25-year-old Army medic is pictured with other war heroes including Captain George Thomas Bruce, Second Lieutenant Thomas McRoberts and VC winner Private Edward De Wind, all of whom served in the Great War.

Also memorialised in one of the banners is Londonderry’s year of success as the UK City of Culture for 2013.

Visual illustrations, including St Columb’s Cathedral and the Peace Bridge over the River Foyle, feature in the City of Londonderry Grand Orange Lodge banner.

All of the short-listed banners were painted by local artists William Magowan and Craig Kenney.

Speaking ahead of the awards ceremony in Newtownabbey, Orange Order Director of Services, Dr David Hume, said: “Whoever takes the title for 2013, I believe that all the lodges are winners – each of their banners is a symbol of their commitment and dedication to their heritage.”

The Orange Community Awards – now in their ninth year – are held on an annual basis to showcase the community work undertaken by members of the Loyal Institution. Other prizes due to be presented at the event – taking place at 7pm on Saturday, January 25 at Mossley Mill, Newtownabbey – include Best Charity Fundraising Lodge.

To book tickets, costing £8 each, phone 028 9034 0202.

Here are the nominees for Best New Banner 2013:

• City of Londonderry Grand Orange Lodge;

• Goldsprings of Comber LOL 1037 - Comber;

• Knockloughrim Rising Sons of Ulster LOL 401 – Co Londonderry;

• Comber Ulster Defenders LOL 100 – Comber;

• Kellswater LOL 453 – Ballymena;

• City of Londonderry No 1 District.

All six banners were unfurled for the first time during 2013.

“The unfurling of a new banner is an important milestone in the life of a lodge,” said Dr David Hume.