Past Master honoured on Carnew lodge’s banner

IN 1984 Carnew LOL No.982 unfurled a new banner bearing the portrait of a former Worshipful Master.

The late Mr. David Cochrane was a stalwart of the lodge for a lifetime and a Past Masteof Lower Iveagh District No.1, so it was fitting that his picture should be on the new banner.

The lodge was doubly mindful in arranging that the banner unfurling should be performed by Mr. Cochrane’s widow, Eva.

A large crowd assembled for the unfurling at a field convenient to the Orange Hall.

On the invitation of the Worshipful Master, Mr. David J. Kelly, Mr. T. G. Hawthorne, WM of Lower Iveagh District No.1 presided and the opening devotions were led by the Rev. Hugh Ross, minister of Newmills Presbyterian Church, Co. Tyrone, with scripture reading by Mr. Raymond Adams.

Aughnaskeagh Silver Band led singing of ‘O God our help in ages past’.

Following the chairman’s congratulations and greetings the unfurling ceremony was gracefully performed by Mrs. Cochrane.

Mrs. Cochrane spoke of her great joy that the lodge should have thought fit it have a painting of her late husband on the banner and she was visibly moved as she expressed her appreciation of the gesture.

As she cut the strings to unfurl the banner Aughnaskeagh Silver Band led in the National Anthem.

Mr. Adams dedicated the new banner and little Miss Jayne kelly presented a souvenir of the occasion to Mrs. Cochrane.

The address was given by the Rev. Ross.

During the taking up of a collection, selections were played by Skeogh Flute Band.

Congratulations and good wishes were brought by M/s Raymond McCullough, No.3 District, Rathfriland; W. H. Davidson, Banbridge District No.7 and David Little, Loughbrickland District No.10.

Mr. Norman Biggerstaff proposed a comprehensive vote of thanks, in which he was seconded by Mr/ W. J. Mawhinney.

Other bands taking part in the parade included Gransha, Benraw, Closkelt, and Waringsford Pipe; Kinallen, Lisnaward, Whitehill, Pride of the Lagan and Pride of Down Flute; Drumadonalad, Carnew, Drumiller, Ballykeel, Finnis and Ballymacormick Accordion.

It was understood the new banner cost about £800 and the collection taken up was in the region of £600