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New Orange heritage centre opens to the public

Thursday, 6 July 2017

New Orange heritage centre opens to the public thumbnailDrew Wilson, drummer with Bovevagh Flute Band, pictured with Drum Major David Douglas as they look at the West Midlands District Lodge banner, one of the displays on view at the Limavady Orange Heritage Centre.

A NEW heritage centre in Limavady will serve as a "magnificent outreach base for Orangeism in the North West," according to Orange Order Grand Master, Edward Stevenson. The senior Orangeman was speaking at the official opening of the impressive 700,000 three story facility, which includes an Orange museum, function room, lodge room and offices, at the weekend.
The new centre features details on the early lodges and Orange halls in the locality as well as prominent figures within the institution locally.
Artefacts from 19th century Orangeism, the Home Rule period and both World Wars are among those on display.
Mr Stevenson described the transformation from the old district hall as "truly immense", stating the centre would be utilised, not only by local lodges but also the wider community.
He added: "Such preservation of cultural heritage through interpretation and creation of shared space will serve, not only to inform, but also demystify perceptions and create a better understanding of our Institution.
“This heritage centre will rightly take its place as part of the growing overall Orange product in Northern Ireland, complementing our now well-established Museums of Orange Heritage in both Belfast and Loughgall.

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