|Whitehead Temperance - Loyal Orange Lodge 968|
Orangeism arrived in Whitehead in
November 1908 when the first Lodge (LOL 721) was formed in the town. The
Worshipful Master of this lodge being John Greenfield. This warrant was
issued to Carrickfergus District Lodge by the Grand Orange Lodge of
Ireland in 1891. LOL 721 operated in Whitehead for several years but
Another warrant 968 was taken out
in 1928 and again John Greenfield was installed as Worshipful Master. LOL
968 had previously been in operation in Collin near Lisburn in 1865 and in
Killead District in 1891.
Whitehead Temperance LOL 968 has
maintained a steady membership over the years. In 1974 the Lodge had fifty
seven members on parade in Larne at the 12 July Demonstration
Whitehead Temperance LOL in 1974 (click to enlarge)
LOL 968 and Band in 1974
Whitehead Temperance LOL 968 is unique in many ways!
Its meetings are held in a former amusement arcade.
Lodge functions are held in the former swimming `pond' building erected by Whitehead Urban District council, opened in May 1931. The swimming pool and buildings are now under the ownership of the Whitehead Glasgow Ranges supporters club. The club is situated on the sea front in line with Chichester Castle looking out over Belfast Lough.
The lodge parades in the town with "no streets"
It has a lighthouse on its banner!
LOL 968 banner showing lighthouse
Reverse of banner