Belfast Telegraph

Monday 4 May 2015

Orange Order's mascot Dan is a real diamond

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No it's Diamond Dan the Orangeman
Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No it's Diamond Dan the Orangeman

This purple caped crusader, complete with cheesy grin and orange jump-suit, is the official mascot of the Orange Order and the name of this dashing superhero has just been unveiled to the public for the first time.

Named after one of its founding members, Dan Winter, Diamond Dan - Diamond referring to the Institution's formation at the Diamond, Loughgall, in 1795 - will make his way round lodges spreading the 'good word' of the Order.

The Order hopes this polished image, a far cry from the stuffy image of men in bowlers, navy blue suits and sober black shoes, will make the organisation more appealing to young people.

Orange Order education officer David Scott said the character, developed to appeal to young people, was meant to represent the true values of the Order.

"Diamond Dan will be the kind of person who offers his seat on a crowded bus to an elderly lady. He won't drop litter and he will be keen on recycling," he said.

"He will also be committed to the Orange Order and to the Junior movement and will make efforts to know all he can about his history and culture."

COMMENT RULES: Comments that are judged to be defamatory, abusive or in bad taste are not acceptable and contributors who consistently fall below certain criteria will be permanently blacklisted. The moderator will not enter into debate with individual contributors and the moderator’s decision is final. It is Belfast Telegraph policy to close comments on court cases, tribunals and active legal investigations. We may also close comments on articles which are being targeted for abuse. Problems with commenting?

Latest News

Latest Sport

Latest Showbiz