Battle of the Diamond anniversary

Rev Canon Bill Adair.
Rev Canon Bill Adair.

This Sunday the Orange family will mark an important date in the Orange calendar with the 220th anniversary of the Battle of the Diamond.

The annual Battle of the Diamond Anniversary service is organised by three lodges which were formed and had their warrants issued on the day of the battle.

The three lodges organising the service are St Aidan’s True Blues Kilmore LOL 35 (Portadown District), The Diamond Memorial LOL 85 and The Diamond Grange LOL118 (both Loughgall District).

The service is organised annually to the Sunday nearest to the anniversary date of September 21.

The service will be held in the Diamond Memorial Orange Hall, Loughgall at 3.30pm Sunday. Brethren, Sisters and Juniors will assemble at Redmond’s Corner on the Moy Road, Loughgall at 2.45pm sharp. The parade will be lead by Sgt. White Memorial Melody Flute Band from the Bush, Dungannon. This parade is well known for the number of Sisters that take part. All visiting Brethren, Sisters and Juniors are very welcome to attend.

Among those attending will be officers and members of the Grand Orange Lodge of Ireland, County Armagh Grand Orange Lodge, Loughgall District, Portadown District along with members from various other visiting Districts.

The service starts at 3.30pm and the preacher will be Rev Bill Adair, Parish Rector for St Columba’s Church of Ireland, Portadown.

The organ playing will be performed by Trevor Sharpe and the collection will be in aid of the Lord Enniskillen Memorial Orange Orphan Society.

The battle on September 21, 1795 led to the formation of the first Oranges lodges and the Orange Order as it is known today.