A prominent Ballycarry Orangeman has stepped down from his role as director of services in the Grand Orange Lodge of Ireland.
Dr David Hume took on the post in 2003 after a number of years as a journalist at the Larne Times.
Writing on his Facebook page last week, he said: “On Friday I said a fond farewell to my work colleagues at Grand Orange Lodge of Ireland after over 12 years service.”
Dr Hume said that following a human resources review the position was being axed and he felt that “the safest financial option” for his family was a redundancy package.
He continued: “I have had many fantastic experiences and challenges with the GOLI, introduced a number of initiatives and made good friends at all levels within the Institution.
“I am very proud of the outreach work which I was involved in, and of the relationships built up within the wider and the nationalist community through our education programmes.”
Dr Hume is also well known for his TV and radio documentaries with Give My Head Peace comedian, Tim McGarry.
“I have had the pleasure of working with David on various projects over the last three years,” said Tim.
“He is an absolute gentleman and a joy to work with. David deserves enormous respect because he gives respect to all around him.
“He is such a good advocate for the Orange Order I almost joined them myself.
“I wish him all the best for the future.”