A special Ulster Day commemoration and bannerette dedication service has taken place in Belfast.
Ulster Covenant Memorial LOL 1984 – an Orange lodge of limited purposes, which is comprised of students, graduates and staff members of the Ulster University who are also members of the Orange Institution – hosted the event, held at St Anne’s Cathedral on Sunday afternoon.
The date has particular relevance to the lodge given the fact that it was founded on the centenary of the signing of the Ulster Covenant, three years ago, and subsequently named after the seminal event in unionist history.
Appropriately, a copy of the Ulster Covenant features prominently on the new bannerette, which is complemented by the lodge’s logo, alongside images of Orange lilies and red poppies.
The bannerette was formally dedicated next to the tomb of former Unionist leader, Lord Carson, which is located within the Cathedral.
Matthew Gray, Worshipful Master of LOL 1984, said the occasion was a “special and momentous day” for lodge members.
He said: “The fundraising and development of this bannerette has been a large undertaking by the lodge given that we were only constituted in 2012, and we greatly appreciate the support we have received in making this a very poignant event.
“It was particularly fitting the dedication ceremony took place on the anniversary of our lodge’s formation and in doing so marked the significance of Ulster Day. It was also symbolic St Anne’s Cathedral should host the event given its proximity to the university’s soon-to-be expanded Belfast campus, and we are indebted to Rev Alan McCann for officiating at the service.”
Following the religious service, a short parade was held around the Cathedral Quarter.