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Tributes to loyal orders regalia specialist Victor Stewart

By David Young

The death has been announced of well-known Lurgan Orangeman Victor Stewart.

Mr Stewart, who supplied regalia to the loyal orders, and uniforms to bandsmen and women across Northern Ireland from his shop in the Co Armagh town, was in his early 70s.

Last night local councillor Colin McCusker of the Ulster Unionist Party, who had known Mr Stewart all his life, paid tribute to his friend: "Victor was a quiet, dedicated supporter of the party and a highly-respected member of the loyal orders. Well known and popular, he will be greatly missed."

Mr McCusker also sent a message of sympathy to Mr Stewart's family: wife Suzie, son Grieg, daughter Vicki and relatives.

Mr Stewart, who it's understood had been ill for some time, operated his regalia shop in Lurgan for more than 30 years. He was a past master of LoL 63, Lurgan Purple Star, a member of Morning Star RBP 399, and a member of the Apprentice Boys of Derry. The South Belfast Ulster Political Research Group added its condolences saying: "(He was) a decent man who helped many bands along the way."

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