An Ahoghill man has been elected the new Imperial Grand Master of the the Independent Loyal Orange Institution.
Bro. James Anderson replaces Bro Alan McLean who has decided to stand down after five years.
Bro Anderson, a member of Garryduff ILOL No. 15, said he was “humbled” to be following in the footsteps of men of the calibre of George Dawson, James McClure, Cyril Glass, Bertie Johnston and Alan McLean.
He becomes the 30th Imperial Grand Master of the Institution which was formed in 1903.
Bro Anderson said: ‘This will be an historic year for our province as we join together to commemorate the Battle of the Somme and this Institutionwill play its full part in those events. As well as a number of new initiatives that we plan to develop further in the coming weeks, I will continue to promote the principles and objectives of this Institution as we go forward.”
Minister for Social Development, Mervyn Storey MLA, a member of Mullans ILOL No. 34, was elected to the post of Deputy Imperial Grand Master.
Bro Storey said he looked forward to taking the institution forward in partnership with Bro Anderson.
Mr Storey said: “There are many challenges ahead, but this Institution has always punched above its wait, and I’m confident our best days lay ahead’.