Killen Orang Hall had a large number of Orangemen and supporters in attendance for the unfurling of a new banner by Killen Pride of the Village LOL No 1272.

Mr Jack Burke, the lodges worshipful master, welcomed everone and invited Mr Will Andrews, Killen district master, to preside at the ceremony.
Rev John Beacom, Methodist minister of the Castlederg Circuit, led the opening prayers followed by the well-known hymn Onward Christian Soldiers. The scripture lesson was read by Mr Gareth Lyttle, the lay chaplain of the lodge.
The unfurling ceremony was performed by Mr Robert Oliver formerly of Castlederg, and now residing in Portadown, where he holds office as deputy grand lecturer of County Armagh.
Mr Beacom dedicated the banner and Mr Jim Every, deputy Grand Master of Tyrone, who made the appeal for funds for the new banner, gave a brief history of the lodges previous three banners in the years 1917 to 1955 and1977.
After the closing hymn, Stand up, stand up for Jesus, votes of thenks were proposed by Mr Richard Clarke and Mr Issac Smith, on behalf of the host lodge.
Miss Lois Finlay a member of Killen Pipe Band presented Mr Oliver with a gift for performing the unfurling ceremony. The organist was Mrs Janette Lowry.
Depicted on the new banner is King William III crossing the Boyne and on the reverse side, Gideons Chosen Men.
Killen Pipe Band led a parade of Orangemen and bands through the village afterwards. Other bands in attendance were Drumquin, Garvetagh, Whitehouse, Tullywhisker, Lislaird all pipe Aghyaran accordion and Pride of the Derg flute.

Published date on the 17th of June 2010
Article taken from the Tyrone Constitution


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