© Newtownards District No.4


Another aspect of the Loughries Great War project was the creation of a new lodge bannerette, encapsulating the members of the lodge who served on the battlefields of the Somme.

On Friday 15th April 2016 at the Somme Museum, Conlig, Loughries Lodge unfurled the new bannerette. The bannerette is dedicated to the memory of our Lodge members who served, fought and died during the Great War.

The Lodge members and invited guests began the evening with two complimentary tours of the Somme Museum prior to the unfurling ceremony, which took place in the main hall area shortly after 8.00pm.

Wor. Bro. Mark Anderson welcomed everyone to the evening and gave a overview of the World War 1 project that Loughries had undertaken. This was followed by the unfurling ceremony performed by Wor. Bro. David Cargo Snr., Hon. Deputy Grand Master of the Grand Orange Lodge of Ireland and Wor. Bro. Stephen Rodgers, Lodge Treasurer and the banner painter.

Mrs Carol Walker from the Somme Museum gave a 'twin towers' talk on the Ulster Tower and Helens Tower.

There was also a 'soft launch' of the lodge history booklet again with an overview by Bro. Mark Anderson.