Today the Imperial Grand Master and representatives from the Imperial Grand Lodge attended the opening of the new Headquarters of the Royal Black Institution.

Welcomed by the Sovereign Grand Master Rev. William Anderson, the delegation paraded at the head of a parade of Blackmen from across the United Kingdom through the village of Loughall. The new headquarters are a credit to the Institution and the first Headquarters purchased since its creation. After the historic surroundings of Brownlow House in Lurgan the modern purpose built building opened today are fit for the future with offices, meeting rooms and a museum space.

The event saw the three leaders of the Orange and Black Institutions meet and mark the occasion.

With a warm welcome and a guided tour of the building and its exhibition, there was plenty to reflect upon and learn. The exhibition on the leaders of the Royal Black Institution from William Johnston of Ballykilbeg through to the present day was entitled ‘Leaders’ Legacy’.

After a parade of the village which made its way to the beautiful surroundings of Loughall Country Park, invited guests paraded back for the official opening and dedication.

The new building was declared open by Sovereign Grand Master Rev William Anderson.

The headquarters includes new administrative offices, exhibition space, a library to house the Institution’s collection of books and artefacts, meeting rooms, reception area, kitchen, toilet block, outdoor memorial area, and car parking facilities.


Video by Rod McMurray