Orangemen to honour Nelson's wishes and attend funeral
The funeral will take place today of one of Northern Ireland’s best-known and most senior Orangemen, Drew Nelson.
The service will be held at 1pm in St John’s Parish Church, Upper Kilwarlin, off the Ballygowan Road in Hillsborough.
He will be buried in the adjoining churchyard afterwards.
Mr Nelson had been Grand Secretary of the Orange Order for the last 12 years and one of the institution’s most familiar faces. He died aged 60 after a short illness on Monday at his Forthill Road home in Dromore, Co Down.
Hundreds of Orangemen are expected to take part in a procession and attend the funeral in their regalia. It was Mr Nelson’s wish that all Orangemen would be invited to his funeral. Grand Master of the Grand Orange Lodge of Ireland, Edward Stevenson, led tributes to the respected Dromore solicitor, who played a leading role within Orangeism since his election to office in 2004.
Mr Nelson lobbied extensively on behalf of the Orange Institution, including at Stormont and at Westminster, as well as travelling further afield to promote Orangeism.
Prior to his high-profile position, he was an Ulster Unionist councillor (1993-97) and a former chair of Banbridge District Council.