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Orange Lodge is 're-born'

Thursday, 12 April 2018

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IN A highly unsual event in local Orange Order history, a lodge which folded many years ago has been brought back to life.
Braidwater Purple Star was, for many years, linked with the south end of Ballymena and specifically to the workforce of the Braidwater Mill which was the central economic hub for hundreds of local families.
However,  as numbers dwindled at the Mill so did the ranks of the Lodge, which was famously led in its later days by the long defunct 'Harryville Sons of Ulster Flute Band' - one of the first so-called 'blood and thunder' outfits to be formed in the Ballymena area.
The Lodge was reconstituted this year by a mixture of new members and members who were in the lodge before it lapsed.
Local legend has it that members of the lodge at its original inception had to be 6 foot in height, no such restriction today!
 The banner, as shown in the photograph above,  is the original from the 70's though it has been freshened up.
The banner itself is something of a rareity in that King William III is featured on both sides. Standard form would be for the traditional 'battelfield'white horse' illustration would only appear on one side of a lodge banner.
 A special meeting held last Thursday evening by Ballymena district LOL number 8 agreed to the  reactivating of  the LOL 512 warrant.

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