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Photos from the Ballynahinch Orange Festival Launch Night on 29th September 2011. See below the photos for a report of the evening.

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Ballynahinch Orangemen Launch 2012 Festival

The Official Launch of the Ballynahinch Orange Festival 2012 took place on Thursday 29 September 2011 in the Market House, Ballynahinch.

Ballynahinch District Loyal Orange Lodge Master, Bertie Douglas, welcomed the large number of invited guests and thanked them for taking the time to attend. On arrival the guests were entertained to an excellent musical recital by Ballylone Concert Flute ensemble. Bertie Douglas began by outlining the background to the festival stating “that it intended to display the ethos of the Orange Institution in our area and will include displays and exhibitions which could be of interest to many sections of the community and may in fact be educational to our own membership”.

The Festival will begin in January 2012 and will continue with events each month through to and culminating in July with the East Down Combine Twelfth Demonstration to be held in Ballynahinch. Festival events will include the Orange Community Awards, Lectures on St Patrick, the Ulster Covenant and the Orange Institution, A Favourite Hymns Service, Golf Day, Lambeg Drumming Demonstration, Live Ulster Scots Music, Junior Sports and Exhibitions. One of the main events will be A Tattoo and Pageant featuring excellent marching bands Mourne Young Defenders Flute, Albertbridge Accordion and the Schomberg Society from Kilkeel to be held in July.

The Loyal Orders have a long history of excellent charity work in Northern Ireland and overseas and in keeping with this the Ballynahinch District have chosen the Northern Ireland Children’s Hospice as our Nominated Charity for the Ballynahinch Orange Festival.  Naoimh Quinn, Regional fundraiser for the NI Children’s Hospice said “We are thrilled that Ballynahinch District LOL has chosen the NI Children’s Hospice as their charity for 2011 and 2012. I am sure that the events planned for the next year along with the fantastic community support we have in the area will undoubtedly make this partnership a success and one that will truly benefit the 250 children throughout Northern Ireland that we care for. The Children’s Hospice is a local charity for local people, providing specialist Palliative Care for children with life limiting and life threatening illness. Their aim is to provide the best quality of life for patients and to support their families: focusing not only on physical care but also emotional and social support. The Northern Ireland Children's Hospice offers both inpatient services and regional community care.”