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Royal Black unveils plan for new HQ

By Staff Reporter

Plans for the Royal Black Institution's new Co Armagh headquarters have been revealed.

The loyal order has released an artist's impression of the proposed Loughgall base of the Imperial Grand Black Chapter, which is due to open in 2020.

The Tavern - located on the main street of the village - will be redeveloped to include administration and meeting facilities, a library, and an exhibition area to showcase historical artefacts.

Car parking facilities will also be provided.

The project is currently awaiting planning approval and it is envisaged work will begin on the redevelopment within the next six months.

The Institution has been a tenant at Brownlow House in Lurgan, being based at the historic building since the late 1920s.

Prior to that, the organisation's administrative headquarters was located in Belfast and in Dublin.

The purchase of the Loughgall building marks the first time the Royal Black Institution has owned its headquarters.

Sovereign grand master, the Rev William Anderson, said: "The development of our new headquarters represents one of the most significant initiatives ever undertaken by the Imperial Grand Black Chapter. We believe the Institution will benefit greatly from the move to Loughgall, which of course is steeped in Orangeism.

"We will now be part of that going forward.

"Our planned interpretative centre will also open up the organisation to the wider community to learn more about our heritage.

"The Institution was delighted to give the wider public the opportunity to visit part of the existing property on the occasion of the Co Armagh Twelfth of July Orange demonstration in Loughgall.

"We also shared our plans as part of an exhibit in the cultural field at Scarva.

"The feedback was tremendously positive."

Rev Anderson added: "We now look forward to making our vision a reality in the months ahead."

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