Lisburn return for awards

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An awards ceremony to showcase the community work undertaken by members of the Orange Institution returns to Lisburn next week.

The city’s Island Arts Centre will host the annual Orange Community Awards next Friday (15th January).

‘The Grands’ which recognise and reward excellence within the Loyal Order, and the marching bands fraternity, were held in the same venue last year.

Prizes will be presented in a number of categories, including Best New Banner, Lodge and Individual Community Involvement, Musician’s Merit and Sporting Excellence. Senior Orangeman Edward Stevenson will also confer the Grand Master’s Award.

Grand Lodge Director of Services, Dr David Hume, said: “The Community Awards give a unique opportunity to highlight and relect the outstanding commitment which many members of the Institution give to their lodges and communities, and over the years hundreds have been recognised.

“As the Awards have grown so too we have increased the requirements on the venue, and so we are delighted to be returning once again to the Island Arts Centre. It promises to be another memorable occasion.”

A full programme of entertainment will feature musicians Stonewall, gospel duo the Thompson Brothers and Major Sinclair Memorial Pipe Band.

Tickets can still be obtained for the awards ceremony by contacting the Island Arts Centre box office on 028 9250 9254 or book online via www.laganvalleyisland.co.uk/events. Tickets cost £10 each.

The event will commence at 7.30pm.